The national Democrats own Rahm. He is the face of the Democratic Party.
Where are the national Democratic Party leaders who are ready to call for Rahm’s resignation?
Yes. Hillary has joined the call for a Justice Department investigation of the CPD. But even Rahm has reversed course and agreed to a federal inquiry.
“Many things must happen to restore trust in the Chicago Police Department and I welcome efforts and ideas that can help us achieve that important goal,” Emanuel was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.
We don’t need an investigation of the Chicago police in order to restore trust. We need an investigation into the history of criminal abuse and cover-ups to get to the truth.
We don’t investigate crimes in order to restore trust in the criminal. If there was – as seems likely – a history of systematic abuse, political cover-ups and obstructions of justice, then the point of a federal investigation should be to reveal that and then pursue the criminals.
I don’t believe leaving this to the Department of Justice is enough.
Chicago has seen a load of federal investigations that end up in a black hole somewhere.
And anyone who believes that Rahm’s Task Force will lead to the truth is buying bunkum.
Lori Lightfoot, currently head of the Chicago Police Board was appointed by the Mayor to his task force. She has already declared the 400 day delay in releasing the Laquan McDonald video totally appropriate.
The rest of the members of the task force are no better.
And further, Chicago needs to throw out the current mayoral appointed police review board and replace it with a community-based police review board.
Why not a community-based Task Force as well, made up of independent voices, independent investigators and the young activists that have refused to be pushed aside on the issue of Black Lives Matter?
If it weren’t for these independent voices, independent investigations and young activists taking it to the streets, the facts we now know would still be locked up.
Those are the folks I trust to get to the truth.