CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promise to release videos of police shootings in no more than three months was touted as a way to bring more transparency to Chicago after the city took more than a year to make public the footage of a teenager’s death.
But skeptics question why Chicago needs so long to release the same type of videos that Cincinnati and Seattle already make public within days, if not hours. That has sown doubts that the new practice will do little to restore the trust in the mayor and the police force that was damaged when the public saw the now-famous video of a white officer emptying an entire magazine into Laquan McDonald as he appeared to walk away from police.
The policy announced Tuesday calls for all videos to be released within 60 days. The deadline could be extended to 90 days if law enforcement requests a delay.