Garry McCarthy reacts to CPD Supt. Johnson’s move to fire 7 officers

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he stands by the move to fire seven officers in connection with the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

The mayor's comments were the first he's made on the issue, since Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced he will recommend seven officers be fired for lying on official reports about the shooting.

The police union says it's concerned the officers may not get due process, but CPD says it will provide a breakdown of all rule violations once it sends the case for firing those officers to the police board.

Former police superintendent, Garry McCarthy spoke to WGN by phone Tuesday morning. He says the department should wait until after the trial against the officer accused of killing McDonald is over, before taking action against the other officers.

"I don't really have a problem with firing officers who violate Rule 14 or lie or perjure themselves, there's absolutely no issue with that, it's something that absolutely has to be done," McCarthy said. "What I do have an issue with is the fact that, I've conferred with a lot of my colleagues across the country, and I said this before, moving administratively to charge officers when there's a pending criminal or civil matter, is just not something that's done."

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