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Mayor Announces Task Force on Police Accountability

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday the creation of a task force on police accountability in an effort to “strengthen the fabric of trust between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it protects."

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is a Chicago native, will be a senior adviser for the panel. The former director of the Illinois State Police, Hiram Grau, will be a member, along with Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot.

    The announcement comes as Emanuel revealed that he has asked Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to step down following the release of dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. 

    City leaders – including Emanuel – face mounting criticism over the handling of the McDonald case.

    Critics Attack Emanuel, McCarthy, Alvarez After Release of McDonald Video

    [CHI] Critics Attack Emanuel, McCarthy, Alvarez After Release of McDonald Video
    Critics have attacked Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and called for their resignations in the days since the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald was released to the public. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Monday, Nov. 30, 2015)

    The Task Force on Police Accountability will review the processes that hold Chicago’s police officers accountable, as well as oversight and training for the department.

    “Actively engaging a range of community members--including victims’ rights representatives, law enforcement organizations, youth, religious and elected leaders--will be critically important to ensure the recommendations are based on input from all parts of the city,” the city said in the release.

    The panel’s recommendations will be presented to the Mayor and City Council by March 31, 2016.

    Immediately after the release of the dashcam video showing the fatal shooting of McDonald, the hashtag #ResignRahm was trending on Twitter in Chicago. 

    Politicians Call For Reform In Wake of Laquan McDonald Shooting

    [CHI] Politicians Call For Reform In Wake of Laquan McDonald Shooting
    Politicians, community leaders and key activists joined a Black Friday protest along Michigan Avenue to call for reform in the wake of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting. Many of them said they see this as a defining moment for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's leadership. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Friday, Nov. 27, 2015)

    In the days since the video was released, Emanuel has not had a public schedule to allow for any questions concerning the video or subsequent protests.

    Critics also called for the resignations of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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