Another day, another call for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Over Christmas weekends two Chicagoans were shot and killed by Chicago police officers, one a young man reportedly brandishing a baseball bat, the other a woman who is said to have been shot by accident. USA Today reports:
Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will cut short his family vacation in Cuba and head home Tuesday after a police shooting Saturday that claimed two lives, one of them a woman who law enforcement admits was killed accidentally by an officer.
The 56-year-old mayor serving his second term has seen his approval rating fall to 18% and demonstrators calling for his resignation after he was forced to release a police dashboard camera that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald shot 16 times by a police officer in 2014. Tensions have only increased in the last 48 hours after the latest police shooting that left a 19-year-old engineering student and 55-year-old mother of four dead.
Emanuel’s spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said in a statement Monday that the mayor would cut short a family vacation with his wife and three children to Cuba in order to “continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability and trust in the Chicago Police Department.” She said he had been in constant contact with his staff and the acting police superintendent John Escalante.
Rahm Emanuel is headed back to Chicago following a family trip in Cuba, as a prominent voice called for the mayor to resign.
Rev. Al Sharpton — the National Action Network founder and MSNBC host — called for the Chicago mayor to step down Monday, after a city police officer fatally shot two people, one of them accidentally.
Emanuel was vacationing in Cuba during Saturday’s shooting, the latest circumstance of a Chicago police officer gunning down black residents. The mayor’s spokesperson later confirmed that Emanuel was “cutting his family trip short” to return to Chicago on Tuesday, but declined to identify when his trip was originally scheduled to end.
“We have not seen this kind of physical disparity by a mayor in the middle of this crisis,” Sharpton told the Daily News, discussing national circumstances of police violence. “It’s stunning to me … they’re outraged in the community.”
I don’t know how much that hurts the mayor but it certainly doesn’t help.
Besides the deteriorating political condition of Chicago’s mayor what I think the latest shooting illustrate is what I think will be an accelerating pattern, an increasing tendency to second guess the police not just in Chicago but everywhere. When the police are actually facing weapons (unlike in the case of Laquan McDonald), I don’t think that’s appropriate. We weren’t there. We can’t evaluate the situation.
But that’s what police officers are likely to face going forward and, sadly, they’ve brought it on themselves.