The outrage over a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times has led to the dismissal of the city's police chief. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired Tuesday, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying public trust in the department had been "shaken and eroded" after the city lost a court battle to block the release of footage showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being killed last year.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder just before the video's release, and 13 months after the shooting.
Emanuel says McCarthy had produced results in his role as the city's top cop, but says the time had come for new leadership.
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"I have a lot of loyalty to what he's done and him," Emanuel said, "but I have a bigger loyalty to the city of Chicago, its future, and the strength of that future, and no one person trumps my commitment and my responsibility."
Along with McCarthy's dismissal, Emanuel is also announcing a new task force on police accountability to address issues brought up the McDonald case and others. Many of the same protesters and activists who have called for McCarthy's dismissal have also asked for Emanuel himself to resign, and he was asked whether he's become a "distraction" similar to McCarthy. "You'll make that judgment. I think I'm doing my job and I try to do it every day, and do it in a professional way," Emanuel said.
While a search begins for a permanent replacement for McCarthy, First Deputy Police Superintendent John Escalante will fill the role on an acting basis.