Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Asked to Resign After Shooting Video Controversy

Calls for his resignation were made in the wake of the Laquan McDonald case.

ByMEGHAN KENEALLY
December 1, 2015, 12:09 PM

— -- Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been asked to resign, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today.

Emanuel said that he asked for McCarthy's formal resignation this morning.

"To build the trust and confidence of the public and, at this point, in this juncture for the city, given what we're working on, he had become an issue rather than dealing with the issue and a distraction," Emanuel said.

Deputy Superintendent John Escalante will step in to fill McCarthy's place for the time being, Emanuel said. The police board will be tasked with finding a permanent superintendent, he said.

Calls were made for McCarthy's resignation in the wake of the release of dash cam footage showing a police officer shooting a teen in October 2014. The footage was not made public until last week, after a court order.

PHOTO:Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrive for a  press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, Nov. 24, 2015 in Chicago.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrive for a press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, Nov. 24, 2015 in Chicago.
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McCarthy appeared on ABC's Chicago station WLS earlier today saying that he would not resign.

"I'm doing the best job I can do, let's put it that way," he said this morning.

McCarthy was hired as the police department's superintendent in May 2011, and previously served as the chief of police in Newark, New Jersey, and spent years working for the New York City Police Department as well.

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