Yesha Callahan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Delivers Passionate Apology For Shooting Death of Laquan McDonald


Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood before his city’s aldermen to apologize for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a former police officer. While many have called for Emanuel’s resignation, the mayor has insisted he will not step down.

Instead, he told Chicago City Council members, “If we’re going to fix it, I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you. But if we’re also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I’m sorry.”

Emanuel’s rare speech before the group lasted around 40-minutes, and became extremely emotional at times. When he mentioned an interaction with a group of young Black men, Emanuel seemed on the verge of tears.

“I asked them, tell me the one thing I need to know, and rather than tell me something, one young man asked me a simple question that gets to the core of what we’re talking about. He said, ‘Do you think the police would ever treat you the way they treat me?’ And the answer is no, and that’s wrong. And that has to change in this city. That has to come to an end and end now. No citizen is a second-class citizen in the city of Chicago. If my children are treated one way, every child is treated the same way.”

While Emanuel’s speech was well-received inside the room, outside of it, protesters assembled to call for the mayor to step down.

By apologizing for McDonald’s death and appointing an independent task-force to recommend police department reforms Emanuel hopes to quell the calls for his resignation; however, it remains to be seen if it will work.

  1. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    Fawk out here Emanuel. Your time needs to be up. All you are trying to do is stay in position of power. You knew of that video of Laquan and tried to keep It covered up for over a year. Black people voted this loser into office and this is what they get a cover up. Now all of sudden videos are popping up left and right of black men being shot and killed in The chi and I’m suppose to look at his half crooked ars words as words of compassion and sincerity? Where was all this sincerity before the video came out? He basically sided with the police department and if he had it his way none of these videos would be coming out.

  2. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    ……………………………………………………………………………….. That’s me not giving a f*** about Rahm apology.

  3. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    Anything short of a resignation is PR-Bulls**t !

  4. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    Raham Emanuel has promoted neoliberal policies that has harmed the people of Chicago for years, especially against the black people of Chicago. He has closed down schools and is complicit in the cover up of the many deaths of people caused by the police. People are protesting not because they respect Rahm’s token faux apology. People are protesting, because they are sick and tired of massive schools being closed, of political exploitation, of police terror, and of racist policies in America. People have had enough and change must come. Rahm should resign. Many protesters are traveling into the North Side (where a lot of wealthy people live at). Also, we have to promote political independence. The political leadership of Chicago, who has damaged the lives of the people of Chicago, are made up of the 2 party system (as the Mayor and the DA of Chicago Anita Alvarez are Democrats. So, we a’int going to bow down to the donkey or the elephant. We will advance the agenda of our communities). Not to mention that this struggle involves also the fight against imperialism, against educational problems, against poverty, and against environmental oppression. There was a lack of transparency among the establishment in Chicago about the police murder of unarmed human beings. The police union wants a whitewash of investigations and we are opposed to that.

    Folks are walking from Michigan Avenue, from the West Side, from the South Side, and to all over Chicago about advancing justice. The same war machine overseas that has caused Africans, Arabic people, and others to die as a product of war mongering (by Western imperial powers) is the same war machine that uses mass surveillance, police terror, and other unwarranted actions against us the people domestically. Justice entails not just a building of infrastructure to help people progressive. It is about ending the New Jim Crow and ending its policies of oppression. It is about the overturning of the system of injustice, so a real system of justice can exist in its place. That is what we want.

    RIP Rekia Boyd

    RIP Laquan McDonald

    • December 9, 2015 - Reply

      We ain’t going to bow down to anybody–TELL it truth!

      • December 9, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        Right on Sister. 🙂

        Good Evening to you. I’m inspired by the youth protesting in Chicago and many people opposing the fascist views of Trump. We are here and we don’t play that. We want police terror and fascism to end.

    • December 9, 2015 - Reply

      Brother, if the “new blacks” can’t relate to this and whats really going on, then I suggest they get the hell out of the way! Great post!

      • December 9, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        Thank you Brother. The “New Blacks” (who are wrong) certainly are typical to love the status quo. They certainly need to wake up or we will keep on going regardless. This is certainly a freedom thing and black people have been at the forefront of social movements for a long time. We’re on the move now and no wave of post racial lies will stop us. We want the chains of injustices to be gone, so the Promised Land can be in existence for us all.

        • December 9, 2015 - Reply

          Right. Black people, as a collective, are no strangers to struggle, sacrifice and resilience. In the words of my late grandfather,
          “We don’t want the keys to HIS big house, we want the materials to build OUR big house” . If we all have unbiased access to the same resources, a fair DOJ and equal opportunity to create upward mobility and a living wage for our own, great things are bound to happen.

          • December 9, 2015 - Reply

            @Chazz A

            I agree.

            The politics of liberation always deal with self determination. Since the system is corrupt, we want to end that corrupt system, so a real system of justice can come about. Building our institutions and fighting to the end discrimination including oppression are great things to do. We also respect a living wage and workers’ rights.

  5. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    Rahm Emanuel is a rat kick him out.

  6. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    Boy, BYE! And I mean that colloquially and literally.

    There is absolutely nothing he can say to justify his staying in office. He needs to resign immediately.

  7. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    when the schitt hits the fan, you come to the Chicagoans & the world with this forced farce of an apology, a year and some months after the needless death of LaQuan! if you truly were sorry, whomever was directly or indirectly involved in this cover-up would have been fired/sanctioned/jailed/fined in 2014!! You’re only doing this because you were FORCED to show the world how cops in Chicagoland roll.

  8. December 10, 2015 - Reply

    His apology means nothing he didn’t do anything when this first happened. So now that they are calling for his resignation he comes up with this sorry apology. He is a rat and he is corrupt.

    • December 10, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Exactly Sister.

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