A police shooting video was allegedly suppressed.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is under pressure to resign following the release of a police dash cam video of cops shooting Laquan McDonald.
The video was made in October of 2014 and it’s been suggested by some that it was suppressed to protect Emanuel’s chances for re-election.
Nick Gass reports at Politico:
Rahm Emanuel: I have no plans to resign
Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he would not resign, despite growing criticism for what some are calling his botched response to video footage showing a Chicago police officer last year firing 16 times at Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from officers.
“No,” he said, during one of several testy exchanges through the course of a nearly hour-long discussion with POLITICO’s Mike Allen and POLITICO Illinois’ Natasha Korecki. “Because I really so much looked forward to this interview and I wanted to have it. I just felt so good saying that to you. We have a process called the election. The voters spoke. I’ll be held accountable for the decisions and actions that I make.”
Allahpundit of Hot Air explains what really happened here:
If the video had come out, Emanuel would have been dealing with protests at a moment when anti-police demonstrations across the country were still burning hot. As it is, he won the run-off election in April by 11 points thanks in part to his strength among black voters, with an assist from his old friend Barack Obama. The city reached a settlement with McDonald’s family for $5 million just one week after the run-off. What if the settlement, the huge amount of which suggested egregious wrongdoing by the city, had come beforehand?
Things got worse for Rahm yesterday when Politico’s Mike Allen asked the mayor’s about plans to bring his family to the socialist paradise of Cuba for a holiday vacation:
Rahm Emanuel laid into POLITICO’s Mike Allen on Wednesday when Allen revealed the Chicago mayor’s plans to vacation in Cuba with his family over the holidays, angrily saying, “I really don’t appreciate that.”…
“We were saying backstage that you want to come back as an Emanuel child. You take your young people on fascinating trips around the world, headed these holidays to Cuba. Why?” POLITICO’s senior White House correspondent asked.
Emanuel bristled, responding, “Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m going to do with my family.”
“You had a private conversation with me and now you decide to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that, for one, I really don’t,” the mayor scolded.
Here’s the video of Rahm getting testy:
At least he’s not working in the White House anymore.
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