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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Fired By Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The citizens of Chicago have suffered for years under the lack of leadership from their former police superintendent, Garry McCarthy. While the public trust has been eroding for quite some time, the release of dashcam footage of the murder of Laquan McDonald was the blood-soaked straw that broke the Chicagoan camel’s back.

According to the Chicago-Tribune, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to take action…

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced he has dismissed Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, citing a lack of public trust in the police leadership in the wake of the high-profile shooting that eventually led to a white officer being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a black teen shot 16 times in a Southwest Side street last year.

“Superintendent McCarthy knows that a police officer is only as effective as when he has the trust of those he serves,” Emanuel said at a City Hall news conference where he appointed a task force to look at police accountability.

Emanuel said he and McCarthy on Sunday began discussing the future of the Police Department and “the undeniable fact that the public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken and eroded.”

“This morning, I formally asked for his resignation,” said Emanuel, who said McCarthy can be proud of his record. “Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership to confront the challenges the department and our community and our city are facing as we go forward.”

Mayor Emanuel says that there will be a “thorough” search for a new superintendent who is capable of rebuilding the trust of the people.

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