CHICAGO - Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy joined WGN Morning News Friday and discussed his run for mayor.
Following McCarthy's announcement for his run for mayor, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released an attack ad targeting McCarthy and his possible link with President Trump.
"At first, I thought it was funny, but then I realized that it's actually very troubling," McCarthy said. "The arrogance of this administration is really overwhelming. Chicagoans are way smarter then he gives us credit for. He thinks that: well, first off, he can't campaign on his record. He can't talk about crime, taxes, schools, the economy. So what he is going to do is attack and distract. This is a perfect example of it."
McCarthy also addressed the deadly police shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2015 and how it will impact his run.
"The facts are that I can only do one thing in that case, and that was to put Jason Van Dyke on paid desk duty. The facts are that the cover up with that video was done by Rahm Emanuel's attorney, Steve Patton, the Corporation Council, who lied to the city council," he said.
In addition, McCarthy spoke on the relationship between the police and the African American community.
"First of all, to say it has not been great is an understatement. The history of African Americans in this country goes back 300-400 years. Racist laws that were enforced by the white police. It's really that simple," he said.
McCarthy went on to say that he will rely on "frank conversations and doing the right thing" to fuel his run, sticking to his claims people that are "tired" of what is in currently in place.