Garry McCarthy

Ex-Chicago police superintendent breaks silence on Laquan McDonald case: 'Someone had to take the fall'

Ex-Chicago police superintendent breaks silence on Laquan McDonald case: 'Someone had to take the fall'

In his first public remarks since the Laquan McDonald controversy cost him his job as Chicago police superintendent, Garry McCarthy distanced himself from any responsibility in the handling of the fatal police shooting, saying that by law his only role was to strip the officer of his police powers.

During a panel discussion on policing earlier this week at Harvard University, McCarthy said he viewed the video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting the black teen 16 times on the day after the Oct. 20, 2014, incident.

"That was the end of my involvement until the Independent Police Review Authority recommended that I take the only disciplinary step that I could take by Illinois...

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