Who’s holding supervising cops to account in McDonald shooting?
On Monday, a special prosecutor looking into the shooting death of Laquan McDonald stated that therewill be no further indictments of police officers. That leaves three patrol officers and a detective who have been indicted.
In recent months, cries for reform have haunted the Chicago Police Department, but the glaringly most important part of reform would be improved supervision and accountability. Without that, all the reform in theworld is awaste of taxpayer money. Those four officers had supervisors, and those supervisors had command staff who should have been accountable for the entire Laquan McDonald investigation.
If the four indicted officers are being held to account because of the video of the McDonald shooting, it begs the question of howmany supervisors and command staff saw the same video and still signed off on accounts of the investigation. Are the four indicted officers scapegoats or low- hanging fruit in this case?
If there is going to be reform, it must start at the top by holding supervisors and command staff responsible for the actions of subordinates. Supervision sets the tone and leads theway. Iwas a Chicago Police officer for 33 years, including 19 years as a street supervisor. It is baffling tome that no supervisors or command staff are being held accountable. Bob Angone, Miramar Beach, Florida
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