Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Chicago on Wednesday afternoon demanding the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The protesters, who gathered in the Loop and continued to march down the busy Magnificent Mile, shouted out chants including “Who’s got to go? Rahm’s got to go,” “No more killer cops,” and, “How many shots? 16 shots.” Some held signs reading “Resign, Rahm.”
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The march, part of a citywide walkout, comes hours after speech by Emanuel in which he said he was “sorry” for the shooting last year of 17-year-old African American Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago Police Officer. That officer, Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with first-degree murder. “What happened on October 20, 2014, should never have happened,” Emanuel said.
Emanuel has faced continued calls to resign in the wake of the scandal. As Common Dreams previously reported,
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While Emanuel said in his speech earlier in the day, “Supervision and leadership in the police department and the oversight agencies that were in place failed,” others stress that the shooting of McDonald, and the events that followed it, are emblematic of a far deeper problem.
Curtis Black wrote at The Chicago Reporter Tuesday:
“If he aspires to lead us forward from this recent tragedy, Emanuel needs to acknowledge this tragic (and ongoing) history. He needs to acknowledge the history and continuing existence of racial injustice in the way we police communities in Chicago,” Black wrote.
Willie J.R. Fleming, with the Anti-Eviction Campaign echoed those points, telling NBC 5 Chicago, “It’s bigger than the shooting of Laquan MCDonald, the murder of Percy Coleman’s son, it’s bigger than Ronnie man, Ronald Johnson.” What it should be called, he added, “is a cultural corruption. It’s the daily practice and procedures of the Chicago Police Department, the City Council of Chicago and the mayor’s office.”