The sincerity of an apology from Mr. Rahm Emanuel to the Chicago City Council is questioned by critics.
When considering the fact that out-going Philadelphia Mayor, Mr. Michael A. Nutter, never publicly uttered the name “Brandon Tate-Brown”—a 26 year-old black man who was killed by a police officer while unarmed and fleeing on December 15th, 2014: the original story said Mr. Tate-Brown was reaching into a car for a gun but that narrative was later denounced by out-going Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Mr. Charles Ramsey—let alone apologized to the City Council for the many flaws found by the Department of Justice when it looked into the Philadelphia Police Department (particularly its use of deadly force policy) months after the shooting of Mr. Tate-Brown, I was assuaged, albeit momentarily, by Mr. Rahm Emanuel’s apology to the Chicago City Council for the killing of Mr. Laquan McDonald and the problems within his own police department.
At least the Mayor said his (Mr. McDonald) name, was my first thought.
After eight years of a Philadelphia Mayor who offered up no criticism of policing in the city—not even in 2015 when the DOJ made public the recommendations to improve the police department—knowing that Mr. Emanuel in his city, on the record, spoke to the need for reforming the entire police department and took responsibility for the shooting because it happened on his watch, was to me a very small step in the right direction.
An apology, in my opinion, is better late than never. My associates, however, who are critics of Mr. Emanuel, disagree with me vehemently.
“Rahm is full of crap,” Mr. Richard Taylor, a Chicago author in Kentucky this week for a national conference where he’s a keynote presenter, said to Techbook Online exclusively upon learning from me of the apology that materialized this morning. “I’m not buying it,” continued Mr. Taylor, “I don’t believe there’s any sincerity behind it.”
Chicago, many times before, has heard apologies from Mr. Emanuel, said Mr. Taylor. At this point, an apology is neither wanted nor accepted by those calling for the Mayor to resign.
“Chicago wants him out of office,” said Mr. Taylor, who suggested to me that nothing short of Mr. Emanuel’s resignation will appease the protesters.
Also not impressed or moved by Mr. Emanuel’s remarks was Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania Chapter founder, Mr. Asa Khalif, a cousin to Mr. Tate-Brown and one of the organizers of an upcoming rally to recognize the anniversary of the murder and to announce the plan for the New Year, which includes a renewed call for a federal investigation into the handling by the City of Mr. Tate-Brown’s case.
“I don’t give him credit at all,” Mr. Khalif said to me by phone. “He’s apologizing because he’s in distress, not because he gives a f*ck.”
Mr. Khalif said he would be equally as dismissive of an apology if one were to finally come from Mr. Nutter.
“If the Mayor of Philadelphia were to apologize to me today it would mean nothing,” Mr. Khalif said.
The striking similarities in narratives surrounding Mr. McDonald’s and Mr. Tate-Brown’s death aren’t lost on Mr. Khalif. He’s noticed it, as have many other Philadelphians, and it angers him.
“People across the country are watching these cases and saying to themselves: ‘this sort of stuff happens every day.'”
It’s the people, not members of Chicago City Council, who deserve the apology (and his resignation), said Mr. Khalif, adding that Mr. McDonald’s mother is particularly deserving of a public apology, regardless of the fact that the deceased man was a ward of the state.
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