Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Tuesday following the handling and release of a controversial video showing a white Chicago officer shooting a black 17-year-old 16 times.
“Now’s the time for fresh eyes and leadership,” Emanuel said at a press conference Tuesday, saying he was grateful for McCarthy’s service to the city but that “people must have confidence in our entire system.”
McCarthy’s resignation was part of a series of moves addressing police accountability since the release of the video of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014. Last week the officer was charged with second-degree murder. The mayor has also called for a task force to look at how excessive force incidents are handled. Protesters have been calling for police reforms since the video’s release Nov. 24.
John Escalante, Chicago’s first deputy superintendent, has been named interim commissioner.