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Hundreds of protesters march in the streets of Chicago, calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Hundreds marched in the streets of Chicago for hours on Wednesday, demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel resign.

The demonstrators were protesting Emanuel’s performance in office, but more to the point, they were expressing their frustration and rage over allegations of police brutality, which coalesced on the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald more than a year ago. The police officer charged in the teen’s death fired 16 bullets into his body; Emanuel had to be ordered by a judge to release the police video of the shooting.

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The former White House chief of staff tried for a reboot in an emotional speech to the City Council in which his voice sometimes cracked.

“I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch,” he told the City Council. “If we’re going to fix it, I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you. But if we’re going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I’m sorry.”

Emanuel vowed to deal with what many believe the lack of trust in police officers, saying elected officials and community leaders must “earn back that trust and change that narrative.” He insisted t here is a need for police to build relationships with young black Chicagoans, and to dissolve the double standard that for years has reigned in the city.

“That has to come to an end and end now!” he declared. “No citizen is a second-class citizen in the city of Chicago. If my children are treated one way, every child is treated the same way.”

Nevertheless, few were impressed by Emanuel’s words, having seen the adviser-turned-politician twist and turn too many times before.

Watching the mayor from the gallery of the City Council chamber, Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Chicago Tribune, “The word must become flesh, and we’ll know the value of it then.”

Emanuel was born in Chicago to an Israeli father who served with the Irgun in Mandate Palestine, and an American mother. An observant Jew, he served for two weeks as a civilian volunteer in the IDF’s Sar-El program during the 1991 Gulf War.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

4 COMMENTS

  1. the mayor should tell his president that people all over this nation – but especially young white, black, tan young people need jobs. it is the surest way to reduce crime and improve relations with police. too many americans – and especially young people – have no ideas for their future. the police have no idea when they will be targets for the gangs. the politicians are not doing enough to help expansion of private business, the creation of new jobs and to support the police.

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