In what appears to be a case of political expediency, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel caved to protester demands and fired Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Other demands derived from the public outcry over an armed black 17-year-old who was killed by a white police officer include the removal of Emanuel from office, but the mayor dismissed that request, while complying with others. McCarthy had been Superintendent since 2011.
Emanuel also announced the creation of a task force to review police officer training and disciplinary measures. Emanuel will give the panel four months to make recommendations to the police department as reported by UPI.
The move comes after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. A video released 400 days after the shooting ignited public anger over the teen’s death.
On Black Friday, protesters shut down shopping in areas of Chicago’s famed Magnificant Mile while calling for the resignation of Emanuel, McCarthy, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez