Community activists calling for Emanuel to be removed as mayor

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CHICAGO --  Community activists calling for Rahm Emanuel to be removed as Mayor of Chicago rallied today at City Hall.

It was a call to action from a group known as the Coalition For A New Chicago (CFANC). Their message was very clear.  Garry McCarthy being fired as Chicago Police Commissioner is a good step, they say.  But they want the Mayor out, too.

"We smell something here that doesn't smell right," Rev. Gregory Livingston, long time community leader and CFANC organizer, told reporters.

Referring to the killing of teenager Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer, Livingston said: "There was an election going on and Mayor Emanuel knew that if this information got out, his faithful black constituents and electorate would not have given him their votes, and he would not be the Mayor right now."

"We're basically here saying that he needs to resign and do the honorable thing," Livingston continued.  "And if he does not do this on his own, what we're saying, everybody, is that we're going to pressure him politically, legally, morally."

One of the ways they plan on pressuring the Mayor to resign is by having another big protest to try to shut down the economy in the downtown business district -- something we saw on Black Friday that did have an impact on a lot of holiday shoppers on Michigan Avenue.

They say they are planning a bigger rally to shut down most of the downtown business district.  They said they will be back on Michigan Avenue and will also do State Street and Dearborn.  They are working with a number of different organizations to make this happen.

So far, they have not picked a date when that rally and protest will happen.


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