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Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy Fired

Chicago's police superintendent resigned at the mayor's request following days of unrest over the alleged murder of a black teenager by a white policeman more than a year ago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had stood by Superintendent Garry McCarthy through the week, announced his decision during a news conference in which he discussed the creation of a new police accountability task force.

The announcements came a week after the officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. A video of the killing was released on the same day.

"The shooting of Laquan McDonald requires more than just words," Emanuel said in a statement earlier Tuesday. "It requires that we act; that we take more concrete steps to prevent such abuses in the future, secure the safety and the rights of all Chicagoans, and build stronger bonds of trust between our police and the communities they're sworn to serve."
Emanuel, McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, have faced stiff criticism for taking 13 months to release a video of the 2014 shooting and to charge Van Dyke.

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