Emanuel introduced in September 2018 that he wouldn’t run for a 3rd time period as Chicago mayor, citing a want to step away from the hectic lifetime of elected workplace.
The choice got here as he noticed his recognition erode within the metropolis’s massive African American group following the McDonald police capturing.
The loss of life of McDonald, who was shot 16 occasions, grew to become a touchstone second within the ongoing nationwide dialog about racial injustice. Emanuel mentioned he didn’t see the grisly video till it was set to be made public in November 2015.
Nonetheless, he confronted rebuke from some Black leaders within the metropolis who accused him and his administration of protecting up the capturing. Town agreed to pay a $5 million settlement to McDonald’s household earlier than they might file swimsuit. The previous officer, Jason Van Dyke, was convicted in 2018 of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail.
Emanuel denied the coverup allegations. He additionally embraced a sequence of reforms within the metropolis’s police division, together with a federally court-monitored consent decree to make sure that adjustments have been carried out.
Backers of Emanuel say his efforts to revamp the Chicago Transit Authority’s “L” system, together with vital swaths of town’s predominantly Black neighborhoods, in addition to including greater than 100 miles (161 kilometers) of protected bike lanes, ought to make him a number one candidate for the submit.