CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline spoke tonight at the city tree lighting ceremony about the events that have unfolded in the city this week.
On the firing of Police superintendent Garry McCarthy, Cline said, “Superintendents serve at the pleasure of the mayor and when the mayor decides he no longer wants you to serve, then it's time to leave. I’m sure Garry will do well. This is his third big position in police department so I think he'll do fine.”
Cline resigned from the Chicago police department in 2007 after serving four years. At the time, two videos were released that showed off duty cops beating both a female bartender and businessmen in a bar.
During his tenure, we are now learning about another fatal shooting involving Jason Van Dyke, the officer charged with first degree murder in the Laquan McDonald case.
According to court records, Van Dyke admitted when arriving on scene he copied the other officer's reports instead of obtaining his own witness interviews, some say as part of a cover up.
Cline said he was not aware of that situation.
“That was 10 years,” he said. “But here's what you've got to remember, the media is saying there are minutes the tapes have been tampered with at the Burger King and the FBI came out and said there is no tampering. Everybody has to wait until everything is settled in court so all the true facts are out there.”
On the call for a federal department of justice investigation into the Chicago police department, Cline says it could be a good thing.
“I don't think the police department should be afraid of that. I think if there is a Dept of Justice investigation into pattern and practice they're going to find out CPD does a hell of a job. Is there places we can improve? Absolutely and that's what those kind of inquiries are for.”