Mayor Emanuel Confident In City's Plans To Respond To Van Dyke Protests

Rob Hart
October 05, 2018 - 11:05 am
Rahm Emanuel

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel during the All-Star mini-pitch dedication. (Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As jurors deliberate in the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, Mayor Emanuel said more work needs to be done to fix the relationship between the police department and the community. 

Mayor Emanuel said he's been briefed on the city's plans for handling protests that may follow a verdict in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial.

"I want all of you to know that I have absolute confidence in Superintendent Johnson, his plan and the police department, and I have absolute confidence in the residents of the city of Chicago," Emanuel said.

He said people should listen to religious leaders and the family of Laquan McDonald by responding to the verdict in a non-violent manner.

"Do it in a way that is respectful to the city that we all call home and the future of this city," Emanuel said. "This is our city and this is our home and I hope that everyone heeds the advice..."

Mayor Emanuel said whatever happens, more needs to be done to fix the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the community.

"Whatever the verdict is, our work as a city is not done in bridging and helping build community relationships between the police department and the residents in the city of Chicago

He made the comments at the Skills for Chicagoland's Future Employment Champions breakfast.