Chicago Mayor To Discuss Police Accountability

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Chicago. Faced with growing calls for federal intervention after a white officer fatally shot a black teen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city would welcome a Justice Department investigation of “systemic issues” in the Chicago police department. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Chicago. Faced with growing calls for federal intervention after a white officer fatally shot a black teen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city would welcome a Justice Department investigation of “systemic issues” in the Chicago police department. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO — The latest developments in the city of Chicago's efforts to deal with fatal police shootings and police accountability (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to address police accountability in a news conference with his new interim police superintendent and the acting head of the city agency that investigates police cases.

The mayor's office says Emanuel, interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante and acting Independent Police Review Authority chief Sharon Fairley will speak to reporters Monday afternoon.

Last week, Emanuel fired police superintendent Garry McCarthy amid controversy over a video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.

Late Sunday, the mayor's office said the head of IPRA had resigned effective immediately and that Fairley would take the job. She's a former federal prosecutor and was with Chicago's Office of Inspector General.

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7:10 a.m.

Prosecutors in Chicago plan a news conference to announce the results of an investigation into last year's police shooting death of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez plans to discuss the case Monday morning. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the city would release a video of Johnson's killing this week.

Police say Johnson pointed a gun at officers in October 2014 before an officer fatally shot him. However, Johnson's family and attorney Michael Oppenheimer say he wasn't armed and claim a gun was planted.

Johnson's relatives have pressed Chicago officials for squad car video of the shooting and filed lawsuits.

The Johnson announcement comes after the city released graphic video last month showing a white police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, 16 times.

By The Associated Press - Dec. 7, 2015 8:17 AM EST AP

 
 

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