Chicago leaders react to inspector general’s criticism of Laquan McDonald case

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel had little to say today on Inspector General Joe Ferguson's report on the department's handling of the Laquan McDonald investigation that's now on the desk of CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

"I won't have much to say on this particular issue until Eddie makes his decision," Emanuel said.

While not made public yet, Ferguson's report is allegedly critical of at least 10 officers involved in the McDonald matter and Deputy Chief David Mcnaughton, who signed off on the matter just one day after the shooting saying McDonald was a clear threat to the responding officers including Jason Van Dyke who fired the 16 shots, something the video later revealed clearly wasn't the case.

McNaughton retired last week only days before Ferguson's report was officially delivered.

Meanwhile,  Fr. Michael Pfleger with The Rev. Jesse Jackson at his side said today disciplining those officers doesn't go far enough. He wants complete transparency in the police union and department labor contract negotiations known as the collective-bargaining agreement.

"Too often these bargaining agreements create the atmosphere that keeps bad police or rogue police from being held accountable and from being disciplined fired or prosecuted," Pfleger said.

Also, today amid the ongoing controversy of the McDonald shooting, the number the second command First Deputy Superintendent and former interim superintendent John Escalante announced he was leaving to become the police chief at Northeastern Illinois University.

All of this comes as Attorney General Lisa Madigan has ruled any emails from personal accounts concerning officers involved in the McDonald case can't be kept secret. A ruling that could also pertain to Mayor Emanuel who again had very little to say this morning on the inspector general's report other than he will back his superintendent on whatever recommendations Eddie Johnson will decide.