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Judge Says Chicago City Attorney Hid Evidence in Police Killing; Legislators Mull Recall of Emanuel

January 06, 2016

In the latest news to shake the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a federal judge has ruled a top administration lawyer intentionally hid key evidence about a fatal police shooting, then lied about it. The judge’s ruling reversed an earlier decision in favor of two Chicago police officers that concluded they were justified in killing African American Darius Pinex during a traffic stop five years ago. The officers claimed they pulled Pinex over because his car matched a description they heard over their radios about a car wanted in connection with a shooting. On Monday, a judge ruled senior Chicago attorney Jordan Marsh intentionally withheld a recording of the radio dispatch showing the car did not actually match the description, then lied about his reasons for doing so. Marsh resigned hours after the ruling. This all comes as Mayor Emanuel faces calls to resign over a potential cover-up of the police killing of Laquan McDonald and over the fatal police shooting of a grandmother and college student, Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier. Illinois state lawmakers are now considering steps to potentially allow a recall of Mayor Emanuel.

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