You would think this one is right in his wheelhouse. A cop acted stupidly, it happened in his hometown and the mayor is his former Chief of Staff, so it’s not as if he can’t get the facts, right?
By now Obama would have normally unleashed his Justice Department to get to the bottom of this obvious political cover-up. Strange. We just can’t put out finger on why a guy with verbal diarrhea isn’t expressing his outrage.
Unless maybe, just maybe the fact Chicago is a Democrat cesspool of corruption. Could that be it?
urs after a Chicago police officer was ordered held without bond on a first-degree murder charge, the city released a shocking police dash-cam video that captured the white officer opening fire on an African American teen on a Southwest Side street, striking him 16 times and killing him.
The video is about six minutes long and appears to show 17-year-old Laquan McDonald running down the middle of Pulaski Road near 41st Street when Officer Jason Van Dyke, standing next to his SUV, opens fire.
It was released to the media after a late afternoon news conference by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
McCarthy said he understood how people will feel watching the video but urged calm.
“The officer in this case took a young man’s life, and he’s going to have to account for his actions,” McCarthy said. “People have a right to be angry, people have a right to protest.”
But police will not tolerate criminal behavior, he warned.
“We knew this day was coming,” McCarthy said. “We’ve been prepared for this day coming for quite some time.”
“We are not predicting doom and gloom,” he later added as the news conference ended. “We are predicting protests.”
Emanuel said he hoped the city will “rise to the moment.”
“This episode can be a moment of understanding and learning,” the mayor said.
Understanding and learning. Awesome. Maybe you could start learning by resigning. Still, we’ll wait on comment from Obama, but we’re sure he’s got other more pressing concerns, like the weather and his growing pile of failure.
Meanwhile, a baffled David Axelrod, a Chicago resident who used to work with Emanuel and for Obama, seems mystified by events.
Why did it take a year to indict a CPD officer who shot a kid 16 times? Would it have happened today if judge hadn't ordered video release?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 24, 2015
Can anyone help Dave out?
You should ask the mayor of Chicago. You might have met him in the White House when you both worked there? https://t.co/70IloJaIPh
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 25, 2015
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) November 25, 2015
It’s also weird how we’re not hearing any calls from the emedia for Emanuel to step down. Why is that?
Update: As they say, here’s where the plot thickens.
It is rather remarkable that the shooting was not a major issue in the election. No campaigning by the family of young McDonald, no indictment, and no release of the video. Perhaps this had something to do with, as reported by DNAinfo Chicago:
The city has already paid a $5 million settlement to the family for the shooting.
The details of the shooting threatened to become public prior to the February election, but action was taken to keep the video under wraps and the fmaily quiet.
Guess since Obama’s going to sit this one out, perhaps Governor Rauner can intervene.