About freakin’ time. Now all you have to do is a complete flush of the 2nd level commanders and captains…
Chicago Mayor Fires City’s Top Cop In Wake Of Laquan McDonald Criticism
The Chicago Police Department’s top cop has been fired.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he had formally asked for the resignation of Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whom he hand-picked to lead the department in 2011.
McCarthy has faced harsh criticism for his handling of the high-profile shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot 16 times in 2014 by a white Chicago police officer.
Emanuel praised McCarthy Tuesday as an “excellent leader” throughout his tenure, but said his appointee was now “a distraction” as the department grapples internally with misconduct and externally with mistrust from the community. The mayor said the department’s leadership had been “shaken.”
“I have a lot support and confidence in the work and results he has done,” Emanuel said of McCarthy. “But our goal is to build the trust and confidence with the public.”
“At this point — in this juncture in the city — he has become an issue rather than dealing with the issue,” he said.
Chief John Escalante, McCarthy’s deputy, will lead the department until a new superintendent is appointed.