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Cover-up of a Police Murder Requires Resignation of Chicago Mayor Emanuel

Regime change in Chicago!

Chicago’s mayor contends he did not view the McDonald murder video until hours before its release -– a release ordered by a Chicago judge over Emanuel’s objection. Yet, months ago Emanuel approved a $5-million payout to McDonald’s estranged family. The mayor authorized that payout before that family had even filed a lawsuit over the shooting. (McDonald was not living with his family at the time of his death, having bounced around Chicago's foster care system for years.)

If Emanuel approved that payout without first viewing the video that contradicted the official "justified shooting" posture of his Police Department then he was irresponsible with the purse strings of his cash-strapped city.

If on the other hand Emanuel was aware of the contents of that video and approved the payout that occurred at the time he was locked in a tough struggle to beat back a surprisingly strong electoral challenge to unseat him, then that payout was arguably silencing money aimed at preventing an inevitable public uproar had the true details of McDonald’s death come out during that tight reelection race. Withholding that video helped Emanuel eke out a re-election win.

Emanuel’s actions/inactions in the McDonald matter, either through his irresponsible mismanaging of Chicago’s money or through his mendacious efforts to maintain his post as mayor, have displayed convincing evidence that this man who has been a congressman, former Chief of Staff to President Obama and Chicago's Mayor, is unfit to hold public office.

Shortly before Emanuel sacked top cop McCarthy from his $260,000 salaried post, the mayor announced formation of a task force to review all aspects of the Chicago Police Department –- a police force with a decades-long history of brutality and corruption.

If the announced task force review is not simply another ploy to provide political cover for Emanuel, why didn’t he set up a task force earlier this year in the wake of news reports that Chicago had paid out $521-million between 2004-2014 due to police misconduct that has ranged from false arrests to excessive force? Misconduct by Chicago's police cost $50-million in 2014 –- a sum that news reports stated totaled more than the combined budgets of Chicago’s mayor office, city treasurer office, city council and its department of human services.

Why indeed didn’t Emanuel establish a review in September 2013, when he made an unprecedented apology for a two-decades long reign of torture and terror by a secret unit inside the CPD that cost the city over $85-million in payouts to victims -- some of whom spent years on death row falsely as a result of torture-induced testimony?

Payouts for police misconduct have real-time consequences for cash-strapped Chicago. In 2012 Mayor Emanuel cited lack of funds as the justification for his closure of six mental health clinics in low-income areas. In 2013 Emanuel cited lack of funds as justification for his closure of 54 public schools in low-income areas. The closures of those clinics and schools have had adverse impacts on the communities where they were located. Some in Chicago track increases in crime to the closures of the mental health clinics.



story | by Dr. Radut