Search for new Chicago police superintendent underway

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Board says it's launching a nationwide search to find a new police superintendent after the forced resignation of the chief.

Garry McCarthy was forced to resign last week in the wake of the release of a video showing the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. Protests and calls for the resignation of top city officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have erupted since then.

John Escalante, a former chief of detectives, is interim police superintendent.

On Thursday, Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said in a statement that the application for the position is comprehensive. As required by city law, the board will nominate three candidates for the mayor's consideration.

Prospective candidates will have until Jan. 15 to apply.

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