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.
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.”