Was it arrogance or panic?
Aldertrack’s Mike Fourcher reports on a meeting between Mayor Rahm and a group of African American clergy last Tuesday.
According to attendees, the Mayor then told the group that if there was violence over the weekend, he would not be able to find resources to bring jobs into their community.
“He said, if things go bad then don’t come looking to me for jobs,” said Rev. Brooks.
“There was something about how if you don’t encourage peace, don’t look to me for resources,” said Young Leaders Alliance head Jedidiah Brown, who was also present.
According to multiple people, Rev. Brooks then interrupted the Mayor, “I told him that was insensitive, it was unfair to hold us accountable if anything went wrong and that we would not get jobs.”
The Mayor then backtracked, according to Brooks and others. “He said that what he meant was that resources he’d use to get jobs [would have to be] use[d] to clean up the city of Chicago,” following violent protests.
“From what I got out of it, like any other city, if there’s unpeaceful protests, the city takes an economic hit because of it,” said Rev. Barrett.
All agreed that following the jobs discussion, the group got testier.
Brown asked if Mayor Emanuel would fire Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. The Mayor refused to do so, “Because the Superintendent has done some things that have improved the culture of the Police Department,” Brown says the Mayor told the group.
One week later and the police superintendent has been fired.