What did Mayor Rahm Emanuel know and when did he know it?

By Letters to the Editor, by Ashley King

I am a student at Columbia Chicago and I read your [Dec. 7] article, “Mayor announces task force, residents propose ordinance.” [The article] gives a lot of insight on what is currently going on between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department. As I read the article, I began to think, “How come [police] don’t have cameras on their uniforms?” I did continue to read that six districts within Chicago would receive them. Though what I truly believe is specifically following the Ferguson event—and especially the death of Eric Garner—police officers in all major cities should be required to have a camera on [their] uniform. It is kind of eerie the police officers in Chicago are behind [other cities] with having the cameras on their uniforms. As I read this article, I [also] began to think, “Why should we believe what Mayor Emanuel says when it is clear that he knew about the death of Laquan McDonald around the time it actually happened, and most likely participated in the attempt to ‘hide’ the evidence?”

There are a lot of questions still unanswered about the death of Laquan McDonald and I deeply believe before we can start doing anything, those questions must be answered.

Ashley King

freshman design major