Chicago Police Chief Fired in Aftermath of Police Shooting Video

  • Chicago Police Chief Fired in Aftermath of Police Shooting Video

Chicago Police Chief Fired in Aftermath of Police Shooting Video

The mayor went on to describe a new task force on law enforcement accountability that will review how the city trains and oversees its police officers.

A black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald, was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October 2014.

"The video of a police shooting like this in Chicago could have buried Mr. Emanuel's chances for re-election".

Despite his commitment to the City of Chicago and his openness to call it home, Garry McCarthy was thought to be, by many of his rank and file officers, an "outsider", the NY cop who served as police chief in New Jersey before coming to Chicago in 2011. Activists around the nation have voiced their anger over the political oversight in McDonald's death, many demanding that Emanuel also step down from his position.

Chicago authorities have come under fire for taking 13 months to charge Van Dyke in the shooting. Garry McCarthy was sacked Tuesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel elected officials and community leaders voiced their relief he was gone.

"He has become an issue, rather than dealing with the issue, and a distraction", said Mr Emanuel, a Democrat who was previously President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff.

His mother, Dorothy Holmes, said Tuesday that wasn't the case and he was running away from police.

Van Dyke was released from jail on Monday after paying the 150,000 USA dollars (£100,000) required of his 1.5 million bail USA dollars (£1 million). But over the next two years, the number of homicides and other violent crimes dropped significantly and Emanuel praised McCarthy for modernizing Chicago's police force, getting illegal guns off the streets and pushing a community policing strategy that the mayor said had reduced overall crime rates to a record low.

Thousands of protesters barred shoppers from entering stores on Chicago's upscale Magnificent Mile during the Black Friday extravaganza and smaller demonstrations have disrupted traffic in recent days.

The mayor praised Mr McCarthy's leadership of the force but called it an "undeniable fact" that the public's trust in the police has eroded.

Mr. Emanuel on Tuesday said changes are needed, as faith in the department's leadership has been shaken.

"Let's just say the investigation of this case would have been handled differently if I had my way".

Emanuel also said that his administration was trying to stop the release of the video to ensure the integrity of the investigation into the incident.