Democratic presidential and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton still refuses to join the many who are calling for Rahm Emanuel’s ouster as Chicago’s mayor following a number of videos released showing black persons killed by white police officers in Chicago. Emanuel has been accused of covering up the incidents and assisting with hiding the videos from the public for his own political gain before his reelection last year. Rather than joining the throngs of politicians and Chicagoans who have demanded that Emanuel step down for hiding the alleged-racist murders of blacks in Chicago police, Clinton sidestepped an opportunity to go strongly against the Chicago Police Department’s and Emanuel’s actions by saying that Emanuel’s credibility is in the hands of Chicagoans, according to a Huffington Post report on Sunday.
Clinton was confronted with her opinion of Emanuel during an interview on “Meet the Press.” When Chuck Todd, interviewer, asked her if she believes Emanuel still has credibility among Chicago’s black community following the release of the Laquan McDonald video and three other delay-released videos in which Chicagoans were shot and killed by the Chicago police. The front-running presidential candidate refused to join the call for Emanuel’s ouster or to criticize him. Emanuel, who was once a topo aide to her husband – former President Bill Clinton – basically said that the problems seen in Chicago policing are not unique. She said that were Emanuel still has credibility to his constituents, she said,
That’s going to be up to him and up to the people of Chicago to prove.
Last month, when she spoke about Emanuel’s alleged video cover-up and when there were initial calls him to resign as Chicago’s mayor, she was also supportive of the mayor. When speaking then to Bloomberg, she said,
<I’m> confident that he’s going to do everything he can to get to the bottom of these issues and take whatever measures are necessary to remedy them.
Clinton’s continued support of Emanuel will likely be a disturbing issue for Chicagoans and others who have decided that there is no excusing the delayed release of the video in which the black teen, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald – and others were shot and killed by Chicago cops. Chicago’s law department and police department fought vehemently to keep the videos of four murders – so far – from public viewing. McDonald was killed on Oct. 20, 2014, and the video wasn’t finally released until Nov. of 2015. Protests and calls for Emanuel’s stepping down as mayor followed by angered Chicagoans and others.
It took a court order to get the McDonald video released – and it wasn’t released until well after the fact and well after the reelection of Emanuel. Clearly, Clinton refuses to speak out against such actions, but she tries to excuse herself by saying she was quick to call for a Department of Justice probe into the city’s police department after the video was released. She also alleges that she was outraged by the video. It should be noted that Hillary Clinton was enthusiastically endorsed for her presidential campaign in May of 2014 which was 11 months before she even said she was running, according to an MSNBC report. The White House and President Obama have also refused to speak out against Emanuel throughout the continuing controversy. As ‘chained at the waist’ as they appear to be, unlike other politicians, she is not distancing herself from Emanuel and his problems of race and alleged corruption in Chicago. Emanuel has repeatedly said that he will not resign. Obviously, and disturbingly to some, he has Clinton’s blessings in making that decision.