By Frederick H. Lowe
Two black men and a white woman are the three finalists selected to succeed former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy who Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired following the release of a video tape showing Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago cop, shooting to death Laquan McDonald, a black teenager.
The Chicago Police Board on Thursday formally presented the names of Dr. Cedric Alexander, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety in DeKalb County, Ga.; Anne E. Kirkpatrick, former police chief of Spokane, Wash., one of the state’s largest cities; and Eugene Williams, Chief of Support Services for the Chicago Police Department.
Williams oversees the implementation of the CPD’s $1.4 billion budget. A 36-year department veteran, Williams served as chief of patrol, directing operations of the city’s police districts. He also has held positions in narcotics, homicide, organized crime and community policing.
Kirkpatrick is a national instructor at the FBI’s Leadership Program LEEDA, or Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, where she trains high-level law enforcement executives. Kirkpatrick has a master’s degree in counseling and a law degree.
Alexander, who holds a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, is former Chief of Police for Rochester, N.Y., and chief of police for DeKalb County.
He is immediate past president of the National Association of Black Law Forcement Executives.
The board selected the three finalists following a national search, which yielded 39 applicants. The applicants came from within and outside of Chicago and they were diverse in experience, gender, racial and ethnic background.
The finalists will be presented to Mayor Emanuel who with advice from Chicago City Council will make the final choice.
Van Dyke fired 16 shots in killing McDonald, a black teenager, on Oct. 20, 2014.
Search for new chief began after the public saw a tape of the McDonald shooting
Anita Alvarez, the Cook County State’s Attorney who was voted out office on Tuesday, saw the tape of the shooting but she did not release the video of the shooting until November 24, 2015, more than 13 months after it occurred.
Several independent investigators demanded that Alvarez release footage of the shooting which was captured by a police dash cam. She released the footage the day after Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. McDonald was 17 years old.
Members of Black Lives Matter and other groups marched down Michigan Avenue and blocked entrances to stores in the Chicago’s swankiest shopping district, chanting “16 shots and a cover-up.”
Shortly afterwards, Mayor Emanuel fired McCarthy. On Tuesday, Cook County residents fired Alvarez voting the two-term incumbent out of office. Kim Foxx replaced Alvarez. http://www.northstarnewstoday.com/politics/kim-foxx-beats-incumbent-anita-alvarez-for-cook-county-il-states-attorney/.