After massive anti-police violence protests hampered one of Chicago’s busiest shopping districts on Black Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had been fired.
In a tense press conference, Emanuel said he had “a lot of loyalty” for McCarthy, but said “now is a time for fresh eyes and new leadership” in Chicago.
“Our goal is to build the trust and confidence with the public. And at this point and at this juncture in the city, given what we are working on, he has become an issue rather than dealing with the issue,” Emanuel said.
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Many of the city’s residents called for both McCarthy and Emanuel to resign after video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s shooting was released. While the mayor said he has no plans to step down, he hopes a new police chief will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the community.