Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Asks For Resignation Of Police Chief After Laquan McDonald Shooting And Forms Task Force (Video)

On November 28, 2015 I wrote on Twitter "The federal government needs to intervene in Chicago. They need a police corruption task for and a gang task force. On December 1, 2015, Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has announced the formation of a "task force on police." It is certainly needed, as the events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, 38 and the disgraceful cover-up that ensued, reveals there is a problem.
Van Dyke and his fellow officers acted without a warrant in deleting over an hour of security camera footage from a local Burger King that revealed aspects of the crime incriminating to him. Then Van Dyke and his fellow officers lied in a police report stating he shot McDonald once in the chest, when the underage teen was hit with 16-bullets in the head, back, arms, legs and chest from the officer's gun. Van Dyke also lied stating McDonald lunged at him, when later released footage showed no such thing happened.

Laquan McDonald

When the case reached local prosecutors, they dragged their feet and did not want to indict for a year. When Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests came into the police and prosecutors from various lawyers and news outlets, for the police dashcam videos from the shooting, they repeatedly stonewalled them, to the point people had to sue. A judge had to force the police and prosecutors to release the dashcam video of McDonald's shooting.
Realizing just how bad the video is, the police and prosecutors released it without sound, claiming there was none, as this would prevent the public from hearing as 16 bullets were fired into an unarmed teen, by Van Dyke, who even reloaded and fired some more. However, someone was able to obtain a copy of the video with sound and it is horrific [New Audio With Footage Released Of The Laquan McDonald Murder By Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke Is Even More Infuriating (Video)]. However, people needed to see and hear what happened. The cover-up just kept going and going, spooling in more and more members of government, which is disgraceful.

Police officer Jason Van Dyke

The public taught the government a lesson for the brazen cover up. First there were the embarrassing protests that were carried nationwide, then worldwide by the press (embarrassing on the Chicago government, as things never should have reached this point over a corrupt cop). Then, Chicagoans started boycotting stores on Black Friday costing local businesses untold millions. 

At that point I thought to myself, why is the government letting all this happen, all for standing behind a corrupt cop. It can't be worth it. Why did it take an entire year and immense pressure from the public for the Chicago government to even indict Van Dyke (he is not worth all this public humiliation and financial loss - no one is). People in government were falling in line with the corruption, one after another and it greatly damaged the name of the Chicago government.

My tweet on Twitter days prior to the announcement of police task force in Chicago. The task force can help to restore the Chicago government's name, via cleaning up the corruption that was exposed in the Laquan McDonald murder.

What did it for me is last week when the Chicago Police union came out and said they are standing behind Van Dyke. It made the entire local government look corrupt. I'm not gonna pretend, that was the point I began to think the entire Chicago government is corrupt, throwing their support behind a cop engaging in excessive force and police brutality.

In this life, all over the world, there will be bad apples mixed in with the good. That's just life. Not everyone will do the right thing. However, when you as the proverbial farmer advertise, promote and glorify the bad apples as what your farm has to offer, you have essentially told everyone your whole crop is corrupted and unfit for use. You have to remove the bad apples.

Chicago police union stands by cop charged with murdering teen

Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:37pm EST - The main Chicago police union is standing behind the white officer who was charged this week with first-degree murder for gunning down a black teenager. It is facing a backlash from leaders of the city’s black community as a result.

On its website, the Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), has posted a bail fund appeal for the officer, Jason Van Dyke, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car on a street in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. An earlier link on the FOP's front page to a GoFundMe campaign was removed after the fundraising site said it violated a policy against its use by criminal defendants.

The FOP also is paying the lawyer representing Van Dyke, Daniel Herbert, himself a former FOP member the union pays to represent Chicago cops in misconduct cases. Funding such a defense is a common practice among U.S. police unions. The FOP’s support for Van Dyke appears to have support within the union, according to email and phone interviews Reuters conducted with a number of white and black active-duty and retired cops, as well as union and black police association officials...