CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has apologized for the handling of the 2014 killing of a teenager who was shot 16 times by a police officer.
In a speech before the City Council, Emanuel said Wednesday that the police force needs "complete and total reform."
Emanuel has been engulfed in a media firestorm since a video was released two weeks ago showing the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald. Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.
Emanuel also said that the reforms must go beyond the police department and that Chicago needs to "reset our values."
Fourth Ward Ald. Will Burns is hopeful the speech will be a first step to give the public more confidence in its leaders.
"This is one of those really critical moments in Chicago's history. I think that as reforms are rolled out, as changes are made, as there is more transparency, I think the public's confidence will change," he said.