Powerful Photos Of Chicago Protests After Mayor Rahm Emanuel Apologizes For Laquan McDonald's Death
After Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a surprise apology for several high-profile police shootings, thousands of demonstrators quickly took to city streets to call for his resignation. A survey of photos of Chicago's protests shows how strongly the city has been swept into outrage over the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Addressing the Chicago City Council, Emanuel said, "If we're going to fix it, I want you to understand it's my responsibility with you. But if we're also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I'm sorry."
Emanuel, who has been mayor since 2011, previously waved off notions of resignation, saying that he would not resign because "voters spoke" and reelected him in April. Already, the Chicago Police Department's chief of detectives and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority have stepped down since the release of dashcam footage which showed McDonald's death at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who now faces a first-degree murder charge. Garry McCarthy, Chicago's former police superintendent, was booted by Emanuel at the beginning of this month.
But protesters have had enough, and it seems their cry of #ResignRahm won't go away any time soon.