News broke on Saturday (conveniently) that the Mayor’s first and immediate response to the release of the Laquan McDonald video was to send CPD spies out to the protests.
Nobody who has been involved in Chicago’s progressive and social justice movements for very long was surprised at this latest version of the notorious Chicago Red Squad.
Spying and far worse have been a trademark of Chicago city leaders since before the Haymarket.
Yet, this seems like a first.
We get accused of holding conspiracy theories when we suggest that the City works for the corporate elite. It seems rare that the corporate elite take direct and immediate control of the
military police operations.
At 6:22 p.m. that day, Deal emailed the first in a series of updates on the Black Youth Project protest to Collins, chief of staff Mitchell, Guglielmi and others, including Michael Sacks, chairman of the investment firm GCM Grosvenor and one of Emanuel’s closest advisers and biggest campaign contributors.
So, the Mayor was reporting in real time directly to Michael Sacks.