Community Activist Calls For Mayor Emanuel To Step Down Following Van Dyke Verdict

Jim Gudas
October 08, 2018 - 7:44 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Even though Mayor Emanuel is not seeking re-election, a community activist continues to call for his resignation

Reverend Gregory Livingston of the Coalition for a New Chicago is demanding the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, following last week's conviction of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Livingston accuses Emanuel of trying to cover up the shooting by delaying the release of dash-cam video, which was key to Van Dyke's conviction on second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges.

"No one is above the law, not a police officer, not even the mayor," Livingston said. "This law has to be equally applied."

While Emanuel has announced he will not seek re-election and he will leave office when his term expires next year, Livingston said Emanuel should not be allowed to remain in office that long. If Emanuel doesn't step down, Livingston said there could be more street protests in Chicago calling for his resignation.

Livingston is also calling on the federal Justice Department to investigate Emanuel's actions in connection with the Van Dyke case for possible criminal charges.

"He (Emanuel) needs to be prosecuted for that, covering up that murder," Livingston said.

Livingston said by calling for Emanuel to resign and for a federal investigation, a strong message would be sent to future mayors, other politicians and officials in cases of police misconduct.

"A precedent has to be set for future elected officials to know as well, that no one is above the law, and he (Emanuel) isn't either," Livingston said.