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Chicago looking for a new police chief

Posted by wlpo on December 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) – Controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department has cost the city’s top cop his job.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Garry McCarthy after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer. Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday morning that he has dismissed McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his “back.”

Protesters have been calling for McCarthy’s dismissal for days in response to the handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting. The black 17-year-old was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October 2014.
The city released police dashcam video of the shooting only after a judge ordered it to be made public.

McCarthy has been chief since May 2011.

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