Rahm Emanuel: I'm Not Resigning

Chicago mayor fends off question in wake of police video
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 11:52 AM CST

If Rahm Emanuel thought firing his police chief would relieve the pressure on him in Chicago over a police shooting, he learned otherwise Wednesday at a testy breakfast in which he was hit with questions about whether he would resign, reports Politico. "No," was the answer to journalists. "We have a process called the election," he said. "The voters spoke. I'll be held accountable for the decisions and actions that I make." Emanuel is taking heavy criticism over the video showing the death of Laquan McDonald, given that his administration fought to keep it from the public.

In a blistering editorial, the New York Times accused the mayor of demonstrating a "willful ignorance" and a "complete lack of comprehension" about the case. "All along, Mr. Emanuel’s response, either by design or because of negligence, was to do as little as possible—until the furor caused by the release of the video forced his hand. The residents of Chicago will have to decide whether that counts as taking responsibility." More fallout: Emanuel canceled a trip to Paris to attend the climate change conference, and he scrapped a fundraiser set for next week, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. (More Rahm Emanuel stories.)

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