Justice for Laquan McDonald

Target: Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel

Goal: Demand that he resign from his position as Mayor following the controversial shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Attorneys have recently come forward and have told multiple news sources that at least three witnesses in the Laquan McDonald shooting case were threatened by the police and told to change their stories to match the Chicago police testimony. These allegations involve not just the officers present at the shooting, but a lieutenant, a sergeant, and detectives. All of these allegations are contained in more than three thousand pages of recently released documents related to the case. The documents were released in response to multiple Freedom of Information requests. This alleged controversy seems to once again point at Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who ordered the cover-up of the police dash cam video that recorded the shooting back in October 2014.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been known to try to control fallout instead of preventing it. His aides routinely resist the release of public records, from financial records to the mayor’s schedule and calendar, and his press staff is constantly keeping tabs on the city’s reporters. They allegedly go so far as to eavesdrop on interviews. Emanuel himself is known to leave press conferences when the questions become “too difficult.” He has insisted that the Chicago Police Department did not act under a code of silence, despite evidence to the contrary from back in 2012. He is a man who would do anything to secure his re-election and has delayed justice for Laquan McDonald for over a year. By signing the petition below, we can take a step forward in the fight for justice for Laquan McDonald.


Dear Mayor Emanuel,

Recent allegations have come to light that the Chicago Police Department has threatened at least three witnesses in the Laquan McDonald shooting case. They allegedly ordered these witnesses to change their stories so that they matched up with the accounts of the police officers who were present. Should these allegations turn out to be true, then many may point fingers at you, with all the right reasons. You are responsible for the cover-up of the police dash cam video back in 2014.

Many of your critics will point out that you also are prone to controlling fallout instead of avoiding creating the issue in the first place. You  publicly defended the police department after the Laquan McDonald video came out, and when you received criticism for it you recalled your statement and no longer defend them. You defended the police chief and then fired him. You abruptly leave press conferences when tough questions are asked, and you have your press staff keep tabs on the city’s reporters. Chicago does not need a mayor who specializes in damage control, it needs a mayor that can prevent the damage in the first place. With that said, I ask that you resign.


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