FOIA docs show Rahm's top aides knew of Laquan McDonald police shooting video long before election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel likely would not have been re-elected had the public seen the shocking video of Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by police officer Jason Van Dyke.  It took a court order to release it, long after the election. As demands for Emanuel’s resignation are heard, the mayor’s defense has been that he didn’t know about the video.  But a Freedom of Information Act request has now revealed that his top aides were well aware of the video long before he says he knew about it.  NBC Chicago reports: On Jan. 20, 2015, in the heat of his re-election campaign, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to hire 350 new police officers and begin a pilot plan for police to use body cameras. “And too many of our kids are growing up with a sense where violence becomes a norm,” Emanuel said in what was billed as a major speech. That same afternoon, at 4:30, Thomas Platt, a deputy corporation counsel sent his boss Steve Patton an...(Read Full Post)