Sanders: Chicago Officials Must Resign If Shooting Video Was Suppressed
Sen. Bernie Sanders has called for the heads of any Chicago officials who suppressed video footage of the murder of Laquan McDonald.
“I join with those calling for a federal investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement. “Furthermore, any official who helped suppress the videotape of Laquan McDonald’s murder should be held accountable.”
“And any elected official with knowledge that the tape was being suppressed or improperly withheld should resign. No one should be shielded by power or position,” the statement added.
The Hill reports:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he will not step down after the city withheld the video from the public for 16 months.
Emanuel said the video was kept out of public view in order to uphold the integrity of the investigation into the shooting.
He has also come out against a Justice Department review of the shooting, saying it would interfere with the state task force he announced he would launch on Tuesday.
Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton has called for a federal probe into the McDonald shooting, but her campaign said she does not want Emanuel to step down.
“She knows Mayor Emanuel loves Chicago, and is sure he wants to do all he can to restore trust in the Chicago Police Department,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement on Wednesday.
Emanuel served as chief of staff to President Obama during his first term and was a senior adviser to former President Clinton.
Sanders campaigned for Emanuel’s opponent, county board member Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, in the February mayoral election.
Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald in October of 2014, has been charged with first-degree murder. He was charged hours before the video was released to the public.
A court order forced the city to release the video to the public after a journalist filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
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