Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing mounting criticism from activists and allies of the black community who say he should be held accountable for delaying justice in the case of Laquan McDonald, a teenager who died 13 months ago after being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer.
A court order forced Chicago city officials to release squad car video of the gruesome death, which they did on Tuesday, hours after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder in the teen’s killing. Viewers were outraged by how much the footage conflicted with the police department’s initial account of the shooting, which claimed that McDonald was acting strangely and lunged at police before shots were fired.
The video, which Emanuel’s administration and the state’s attorney’s office have long fought to keep from being publicly released, instead shows 17-year-old McDonald carrying a small knife and walking away from officers before Van Dyke opens fire from about 10 feet away. After McDonald falls, Van Dyke continues to shoot for at least 15 seconds….
Even for Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., this was over the top.
Over the past year, Clarke has become a regular on Fox News with his generally unwavering support of police officers often while using inflammatory, Ann Coulter-style rhetoric.
But Clarke outdid himself this week with his unqualified assertion on “Fox & Friends” that police racism and brutality were relics of the past.
“First off, there is no police brutality in America. We ended that back in the ’60s,” Clarke told co-host Brian Kilmeade earlier this week. He continued, “There’s a new Harvard study out that shows that there is no racism in the hearts of police officers. They go about their daily duty, if you will, to keep communities safe.”
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Madison, states that Robinson was killed “without lawful justification” and “through an act of intentional homicide” by Kenny on March 6 at an apartment building on Williamson Street on Madison’s Near East Side.
The lawsuit was filed by the Robinson’s estate, with his mother, Andrea Irwin, as representative for the estate. Lawyers for the estate are from the Chicago civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy.
The city of Madison has agreed to pay $2.3 million in a settlement with the family of Paul Heenan who was shot and killed by Madison police Officer Stephen Heimsness in 2012.
“The country is just now getting to know Sheriff Clarke, but I’m all too familiar with his inflammatory antics,” Moore writes “His proclivity for provocation coupled with his distorted view of black America has grown more extreme over the years, earning him numerous appearances on Fox News. He has helped the network spread a slew…
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Which was followed by the disclosure that the Chicago Police ran an “off-the-books interrogation compound.” Via Guardian reporter pens exposes on police brutality in Chicago @ JS A Word With You Blog.
Though the case has received national publicity, there is at least one local man who isn’t sure he has enough information to decide if the Milwaukee police officer should have been charged criminally after killing Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed African-American, who’d been sleeping lawfully in a park. Via Tosa man not sure if 14 police…