A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate says at least one resignation should be handed in over the yearlong wait to charge a Chicago police officer for shooting a black teenager.
U.S. Senate hopeful Andrea Zopp says Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy should step down over how his department handled the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke.
Zopp feels McCarthy has lost credibility with “communities throughout the city” over this and other cases, and therefore can’t effectively lead the city’s police department.
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“I think that when you have instances of officer misconduct, you have to move to address them quickly, with transparency, and when accountability needs to be held, to do that, and that simply has not happened,” Zopp said.
Though Van Dyke is now suspended without pay after being charged with first-degree murder, he had been on paid desk duty since shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014.
Zopp is also calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the case, saying she can see no reason for the 13 months it took for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to bring charges against Van Dyke. She stops short of calling on Alvarez to resign, however.
“I don’t think that solves the problem,” Zopp said. “I would remind you that there’s a primary in March, in three and a half months, so the voters would have an opportunity to vote their choice for state’s attorney.”
Zopp is also not joining in on calls for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down.
Van Dyke appeared in a Chicago court Monday, with a judge setting his bond at $1.5 million.