To serve and protect

Superintendent Garry McCarthy hit the morning airwaves on Tuesday pledging to continue his investigation into the police shooting of Laquan McDonald despite claiming his hands have been tied regarding the matter. But, by lunchtime, Mayor Emanuel announced McCarthy had been fired from the top-spot at the Chicago Police Department.

POM is not a political blog but when a citizen is shot 16 times by an officer of the law, questions have to be asked and justice has to prevail.  Was this use of excessive force warranted? Are “hands up, don’t shoot” or “down on the ground” no longer enough?

While the ousting of McCarthy will become another footnote in the department’s history, CPD could use this transitional period to review its mission statement, revisit its core values.

“The Chicago Police Department, as part of and empowered by the community, is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially. We will provide quality police service in partnership with other members of the community. To fulfill our mission, we will strive to attain the highest degree of ethical behavior and professional conduct at all times.”

Chicago Police Department Mission Statement


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