Civil rights activist and noted rabble-rouser Al Sharpton has called for and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down.
Sharpton was one of the fill-in hosts on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday when the subject of the recent shooting of an unarmed grandmother, Bettie Jones, 55, and mentally disturbed man, Quintonio LeGrier, 19, by Chicago police came up and he didn’t pull any punches.
He even said his longtime adversary, and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani would have handled the situation better than Emanuel, who remained on vacation in communist Cuba.
“One of the things that is unbelievable to me is that Mayor Emanuel didn’t even come back off vacation to the city. You have a grandmother shot, that one report’s saying one of the bullets went through the door coming in,” he said. “Police go into the building, into the home, with their guns drawn, so they say ‘oh, oops, an accident,’ you kill a grandmother and then you shoot a young man that you claim had a bat and again, several shots, and the mayor, who is questioned about holding a tape from the (Laquan) McDonald case past the election before the tape was released doesn’t even come back and say to the family “I come to bring my condolences, I want to have hourly briefings?’”
Sharpton called Emanuel not returning from vacation “the height of arrogance” and gave a surprising example of a mayor who he said would have handled the crisis better.
“Take Rudy Giuliani who I fought with like cats and dogs,” Sharpton said. Rudy Giuliani would be on the scene and get hourly briefings.”
He said he couldn’t see how Emanuel could remain effective as mayor as the citizens of the city no longer trust him.
“Certainly from where I sit he should (step down as mayor),” Sharpton said. “Because I think that (the people of Chicago) have clearly said ‘How do we trust this kind of administration?'”
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