Chicago’s Emanuel Cuts Short Cuba Visit To Deal With Police Issues


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting short a family vacation in Cuba and will return to Chicago today to deal with the latest crisis involving the city's police department, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. On Saturday, police shot and killed two people, Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and his neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55. A City Hall spokesman said that Emanuel left Chicago on Dec. 18 and was due to return at the end of this week. Lawyers for the families of LeGrier and Jones claimed LeGrier's father had called police about 4 a.m. Saturday, and an officer shot both victims.

The police department called the shooting of Jones an accident and announced a new policy for all police-involved shootings in which the officers are placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days. The mayor said he wanted interim Police Superintendent John Escalante and Sharon Fairley, acting head of Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, “to do a complete review of crisis intervention and de-escalation policies currently in place. The Mayor has called on them to determine the deficiencies in the current training or policies, and outline what steps can be taken immediately to address them.”

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