For Immediate Release
10,000 Say Rahm Should Resign
WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition urging Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign. See their signatures and comments at: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11804
"It's not enough to fire the police chief," said RootsAction.org cofounder Norman Solomon. "The buck stops with the mayor, and he should resign."
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's clear contempt for the public and the law has been exposed by the existence of a video," added RootsAction.org campaign coordinator David Swanson. "This video has emerged as videos are emerging from across the United States revealing police murders. It is the proliferation of videos that we can be sure is new. Police murders and their coverups, we have good reason to believe, are not new at all."
"It isn't a surprise that Rahm Emanuel kept the video behind closed doors," said RootsAction.org associate Jamani Montague. "I remember the education scandal a few years back, when Rahm was found responsible for using district-wide funding and donations to technologically revamp Walter Payton College Prep, one of the already wealthiest high schools in the Chicago School Distinct. His secrets have served as stairs to his political success and recognition."
"But," said Swanson, "nothing can justify the coverup that Emanuel has overseen, never correcting the outright lie that Laquan McDonald was shot while lunging with a knife. We need Emanuel's resignation, a public review of the coverup by a citizens board, policies to prevent such coverups in the future, the prosecution of the killer in court, and a ban on the training or arming of local police by military institutions."
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