Enlightening Commentary


Posted on December 3, 2015

dominoesAfter the release of the McDonald video and its likely alleged cover-up, other police-involved shooting videos have made themselves known. Since the first cover-up is usually the best cover-up, there isn’t much point in fighting it any longer.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city will no longer fight the release of a police dash-cam video depicting a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a man in the back as he ran from the police on the city’s South Side.

For more than a year, lawyers for Ronald Johnson III’s family have battled City Hall over the release of the video of Johnson’s shooting, which bore striking similarities to the killing of teenager Laquan McDonald by a different police officer eight days later. A Cook County judge is set to hear arguments Dec. 10 in a lawsuit the family filed seeking the video’s release under the state’s open records laws.

Just as it had in McDonald’s shooting, the city fought tooth and nail to keep the Johnson video from being made public, arguing in court filings as recently as Oct. 30 that releasing it could inflame the public and jeopardize the officer’s right to a fair trial if he was charged later, court records show.”

And after this one, another one is warming up in the bullpen.

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Say, like getting the hell out of town and hope (probably) everyone forgets?