Sun-Times calls for McCarthy’s resignation in new editorial

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CHICAGO — A major Chicago newspaper is calling for the resignation of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

The Sun-Times penned an editorial Monday saying McCarthy should resign due to his loss of trust in the community.

Begins the Sun-Times:

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has lost the trust and support of much of Chicago, without which he cannot do his job.

Supt. McCarthy should resign. If he does not, Mayor Rahm Emanuel should fire him.

The newspaper goes on to criticize McCarthy for a series of what it deemed mishandlings of the Laquan McDonald case, in which McCarthy and the city provided false information.

“It was McCarthy’s press office that, just hours after 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed by Officer Jason Van Dyke in October of last year, put out a conveniently false statement that McDonald — knife in hand — was approaching the police when he was shot,” wrote the Sun-Times. “In reality, as revealed in a dashcam police video finally released last week, McDonald was walking away from the officers.”

McDonald was fatally shot by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October of 2014. Van Dyke has been charged with murder a year later. On Monday, he was released on bail.

To read the full editorial, go here.