Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy amid outrage over the department's decision to wait more than a year before releasing the video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot to death.
"He has become an issue rather than dealing with an issue,” Mr. Emanuel said, according to the New York Times.
McCarthy was the superintendent of the Chicago police department since 2011. Protests against the police department followed after the footage of the deadly 2014 shooting was released last Tuesday. This past week, demonstrators, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, called for McCarthy to resign for holding the video back.
Former officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of McDonald.
The graphic footage shows McDonald walking in the middle of the street. Police fired shots which struck the teen. He fell onto the ground and did not move. Several more shots were fired into his body. He was hit a total of 16 times.
None of the police on the scene appeared to help McDonald after he was sprayed with the bullets. At no point did McDonald approach police in the video. He appeared to be walking in a direction away from them the entire time.
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