Former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy Announces Mayoral Bid

Bob Roberts
March 21, 2018 - 8:27 pm
Garry McCarthy

Then-Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in 2015. (Chicago Police YouTube Channel)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy announced Wednesday he will run for mayor in 2019 against Rahm Emanuel, who fired him in 2015 amid the Laquan McDonald controversy.

McCarthy has long said Emanuel scapegoated him for the racially charged scandal, which centered on the belated public release of dashcam video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teen 16 times. The incident on Chicago's Southwest Side occurred in October 2014, but the video was not released until November 2015, under court order.

McCarthy most recently has been a security consultant and says a variety of people have encouraged him to run for mayor. Emanuel originally chose McCarthy to run the Chicago Police Department in 2011.

“It is no secret that Chicago is on the wrong path. This administration has brought us our failed education system, the overwhelming tax burden on hard-working people, and the violent crime that plagues the entire city,” McCarthy said in a prepared statement provided to the media.

The announcement appeared online Wednesday evening.

Emauel, a former Demcoratic congressman and White House chief of staff, is thought to be interested in running for a third term as Chicago mayor, even though his tenure has been occasionally rocky. The Chicago Police Department is undergoing a number of reforms in the wake of the McDonald case.

Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who fatally shot 17-year-old McDonald, awaits trial on murder charges. McCarthy has said his hands effectively were tied as police superintendent as investigations moved forward into the police-involved shooting. 

Other potential mayoral candidates include former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.