Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Returns from Cuba amid Calls for Resignation

HeadlineDec 29, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has cut short his vacation to Cuba amid renewed calls for his resignation over police shootings of African Americans. Over the weekend, Chicago police killed a college student and a grandmother while responding to a call the student, Quintonio LeGrier, was behaving oddly and carrying a metal bat. Police say they shot 55-year-old Bettie Jones by mistake. The shooting came as Mayor Emanuel already faced pressure to resign over the more than year-old police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald amid allegations of a police cover-up. The officer who killed McDonald is to be arraigned in court today. A spokesperson for Mayor Emanuel said he was returning home to “continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability and trust in the Chicago Police Department.”

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