Yesha Callahan

Chicago’s Top Cop Fired Amid Protests Over Laquan McDonald Shooting


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.

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.

  1. December 1, 2015 - Reply

    Still not enough. Emmanuel is just trying to cover his ass but he has to go too… along with the prosecutors and judges and the union head that were complicit in this year long cover up.

    • December 1, 2015 - Reply


      Totally agree. Why he was re-elected is a complete mystery to me.

      • December 1, 2015 - Reply


        You’re right Sister. Chuy could have been mayor. Rahm being reelected was almost a miracle.

        • December 2, 2015 - Reply

          He has bad judgement, amongst other things. Emmanuel hired a black woman to be the CPS superintendent, she closed down fifty public schools (personally I think it was to get back at the teachers for striking, as well as keep poor black and brown kids uneducated). Turns out she was taking bribes, secretly securing herself a job elsewhere, and hiring family and friends. She’s looking at jail time. Then he hired McCarthy who is about as useful as two dead flies smashed. He refuses to resign, but I think he saw the video. If he didn’t see it, he knew what was on it. How could he “not have known”?

          • December 2, 2015 - Reply


            I think that Emanuel was re-elected in part because of low voter turnout. I heard that the CPS superintendent will experience possibly jail time. I read about the story too where she took bribes, etc. She issued an “apology” in public too. Also, Karen Lewis has been a leader of the school union movement in Chicago and she has opposed the massive closure of public schools in Chicago. McCarthy refused to fully expose the systematic corruption found in the police institution from Burge to others. McCarthy has access to many resources, so he knows the truth. There was the recent school hunger strike that ended weeks ago too.

    • December 1, 2015 - Reply


      right! they are a day late and a dollar short, they let that murdered sill draw a paycheck after killing LaQuan last year (desk duties or something to that effect). I swear, i just don’t think we will get justice, he’s white & a cop, and when it goes to trial the jury will be all white & sympathetic, granted the evidence fully supports a conviction, they will free him because of that “white” bond that they share, regardless of him being guilty & also they will acquit him because he’s a cop, they see blacks as throw-a-ways and deserving of whatever they get at the hands of law enforcement.

  2. December 1, 2015 - Reply

    I am not a lawyer but isn’t 1st degree murder premeditated murder?
    Just based off of this charge, the cop will walk. The DA is slick w/ this charge. Of course the cop didn’t plan the murder. Uggghhhh. They purposely overcharge these monsters so they can walk.

    As for Emmanuel, ughhhhh again! Y’all can thank Obama for that one.

    • December 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Eyes Wide Shut

      Premeditation doesn’t have to take days or even hours to happen. My guess is the deleted audio and Burger King footage probably proved he planned to kill Laquan just before he shot. A good attorney could use the extensive cover up to back into that conclusion but considering the DA’s accessory to the cover up, I’m not holding my breath.

  3. December 1, 2015 - Reply

    The murderer can eat with his family and he has received a paycheck for over a year after Laquan McDonald’s murder. The firing of McCarthy is certainly not enough. There is a systematic epidemic of not only police terror, but of discrimination, economic deprivation, and corporate exploitation. Rahm Emanuel has not been called Mr. 1% for nothing. Rahm has blatantly closed dozens of schools in Chicago and he has executed other neoliberal policies. Not only should laws be changed and crooked cops punished. We need a massively structural change in how society operation. Revolution is an overhaul of the system and a radical change. We need that radical change. The cover up of the murder doesn’t involved the cops. It also involves the DA and the Mayor. The trial will certainly be interesting. We all hope that the murderer will be convicted, but we know how this story ends on so many occasions. Should the mayor resign? Yes.

  4. December 1, 2015 - Reply

    This is good news but not good enough. Every person that took part in this massive, year long cover up, including the Mayor, needs to be fired and charged. States Attorney Anita Alvarez, one of the most corrupt prosecutors in the country, should be in prison, no, under the prison!
    If it wasn’t for reporter Brandon Smith this case would have disappeared. Smith’s Freedom of Information Act request was repeatedly rejected (15 times), so he sued the CPD and won, resulting in the release of the footage.
    The attorneys for the McDonald family received the video footage and before they filed a lawsuit, the City coughs up 5 million dollars (hush money) for the murder of their son.
    All of this, to protect a sadistic, murdering cop and hide the cover up.
    This cop has been allowed to keep his badge and pension for a whole damn year, while pretending to uphold the law! Enough with the BS!

  5. December 2, 2015 - Reply

    Well Rahm Emmanuel needs to go as well

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