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December 30, 2015- by Steven E. Greer
Yesterday, I posted a timely essay calling for the ouster of Mayor de Blasio, and cited the precedent of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel being nearly ousted. Rahm is a dead man walking and will be booted by President Obama’s DOJ if he does not resign, I predict.
Today, Mayor de Blasio is defending Rahm. He clearly knows that Rahm will be the first domino to fall and that New York will be next.
Politico reports, “Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should not acquiesce to calls for his resignation, even as Emanuel comes under increasing scorn for his handling of the police-involved deaths of black residents in his city.
Emanuel has been under pressure for weeks, after a court ordered the release of an explosive dashcam video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times as he walked away from police. Emanuel’s office had fought the video’s release for months. The officer in the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder shortly before the video was released.
De Blasio, who briefly overlapped with Emanuel when he served in former President Bill Clinton’s administration, said in an interview Tuesday evening on CNN that Emanuel should stay in office to help implement the reforms “urgently” needed in Chicago’s Police Department. He told host Brianna Keilar that he identified with the challenge Emanuel faces, after handling the police-involved death of Eric Garner last year on Staten Island.”