CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted his city's handling of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's case this week, calling the surprise deal made by prosecutors and a "whitewash of justice" that sends a "clear message" that those in power are treated
"To hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel call the prosecutors' decision to accept an alternative resolution to the Smollett case, a" whitewash of justice " in a city with a police and prosecutorial history as checkered as ours rang not just wrong, but fundamentally ridiculous, "wrote writer Mikki Kendall. "Whether one's personal belief about whether Smollett told the whole truth, a part of the truth or an outright lie when he reported being assaulted, there is no reality in which the Mayor of Chicago, or the head of the Chicago police force, moral authority to stand in judgment of anyone's morality. "
Emanuel had several televised temper tantrums this week ̵
"Mr Smollett is still saying that he is innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department … how he gives him, "Emanuel said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center,
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"It would have been refreshing if, during Emanuel's final days in office, the mayor would have shown the nation what it looks like for a leader to respond gracefully when things do not go exactly the way he thinks they should, "Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote. "But instead of behaving with dignity, Emanuel went on a fiery rampage, fueling the flame of anger and pulling us further apart."
Eight years ago when Emanuel, former President Barack Obama's foul-mouthed chief of staff was elected mayor, he promised to cut down on crime and corruption and be the much-needed adult in the room to run America's third-largest city. But the numbers have not supported his promise. Since taking office in 2011, there have been more than 20,000 shootings in Chicago. According to the Chicago Police Department, the average number of killings per year during the first years of Emanuel's administration was 541. The average number of killings per year before Emanuel taking office was 463.
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Emanuel's promise of cleaning up the streets when he took office has also fallen short of expectations
"Chicago is still known as the capital of America," Dick Simpson, professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told Fox News in September. "[Emanuel] has tried hard to deal with the problem but has not been successful."
Emanuel's also faced harsh criticism over his handling of racial relations and his response to violent crime. He was accused of favoring Chicago's wealthier north and east sides while ignoring the crime-ridden, poverty-plagued areas south and west of the city.
Emanuel's administration was also on the receiving end of a scathing 2017 Department of Justice report found Chicago police routinely used excessive force, violated civil rights, and had racial bias against blacks.
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Emanuel's team of city attorneys fought against the release of the video for more than a year until a judge in 2015 ordered it to be made public. Many activists and community leaders accused Emanuel of trying to cover up the incident, putting the already fragile relationship between the mayor and the community into disrepair
When it was finally released, the video sparked outrage and led to widespread protests as well
Jamie Dominguez, a professor of political science at Northwestern University, said: "The [The] collection of these issues has greatly shaken his relationship with a core constituency fundamental to his electoral success: the black community. "
In 2017, Black Lives Matter, as well as a handful of other groups, sued the city after Emanuel backed off and pledged to allow a federal judge to oversee reforms
" Chicago has proven time and time again that it is incapable of ending its own regime of terror, brutality and discriminatory policing, "the lawsuit said.
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Emanuel has also taken heat for looking at the other way when it comes to crime in some parts of the city. Most of the Chicago shootings take place in the city's south and west sides – areas not only marked by deteriorating neighborhoods, but also lacking quick, efficient emergency care.
And so it was a scratcher for some this week when Emanuel made passionate Pleas for the need for transparency in the Smollett saga as well as his comments about why it was bad for the city to give wealthy, well-connected people special treatment