Demonstrators confront police during a protest following the release of a video showing Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing Laquan McDonald on November 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Van Dyke was charged today with first degree murder for the October 20, 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the Garry McCarthy following the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and the arrest of the man who shot and hilled 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.

Lauren Porter
Dec, 01, 2015

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been dismissed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Mayor asked for McCarthy's official resignation this morning.

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In a press conference Emanuel revealed that the decision to dismiss McCarthy was based on "an undeniable fact that the public's trust in the police department's behavior has been shaken."

McCarthy's resignation comes a week after a judge ordered the police department to release the dash cam footage of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

The video shows a white officer, Jason Van Dyke, shooting McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke has since been suspended by the department, charged with first-degree murder and is currently out on a $1.5 million bail.

Emanuel additionally announced plans for a new task force to look into police accountability. The plan will "review how the city trains and oversees its police officers and consider input from victims' rights representatives, law enforcement organizations, and youth and religious leaders."