Chicago Gets New Civil Rights Adviser
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of veteran police commissioner Charles Ramsey as the city’s civil rights adviser late Sunday.
Ramsey, a recently retired Philadelphia police commissioner, has been tapped to help reform Chicago’s police force. The department is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice for racial disparities and officers’ use of force.
Ramsey’s appointment comes two months after the release of a video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
Allegations that the mayor’s administration knew about the disturbing video and tried to cover it up have prompted massive calls for his resignation.
Civil liberties and policing expert Samuel Walker told the Huffington Post that the appointment was “very unusual.”
“I do think it’s absolutely the right choice, the right thing to do,” Walker said of Ramsey’s hiring. “But I would attribute it to the fact that you have a very high-profile mayor in serious political jeopardy.”
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