McCarthy To Black Ministers: Justice Problems Broader Than Police

Craig Dellimore
October 04, 2018 - 3:39 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy received a relatively warm reception at a meeting of West Side ministers Thursday morning.

The former Chicago police superintendent went to the Westside Ministers Coalition meeting, prepared to discuss what role he did and did not play in the case of Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s fatal shooting of teen Laquan McDonald in 2014.

He said superintendents have little say in disciplining police officers, and he had nothing to do with the yearlong delay in making the dashcam video in that shooting public.

McCarthy said anger over police misdeeds and the failed system are justified. But he said people must also look at prosecutors, judges and more.

“We’ve got to first identify the problem before we can fix it, and we haven’t done that” he said. “We’re pointing at the 10 percent of the iceberg that’s sticking out of the water, and we’re not addressing the 90 percent that’s underneath the water.”

Some people who seemed skeptical of McCarthy at the beginning of the meeting applauded as he left.

Van Dyke was charged with murder, and his case went to the jury Thursday.