Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., forcefully got here out towards the nomination of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be the following U.S. ambassador to Japan, calling the choice “deeply shameful.”
Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Emanuel’s response to the 2014 police taking pictures of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, which resulted in a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s household and the second-degree murder conviction of former police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 instances. Different officers had mentioned in stories that McDonald posed a risk on the time of the taking pictures, however police video footage indicated in any other case.
“This nomination is deeply shameful. As mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel helped cowl up the homicide of Laquan McDonald – a mere teenager when he was shot 16 instances within the again by a Chicago Police Officer,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned in an announcement. “This alone must be flatly disqualifying for any place of public belief, not to mention representing america as an envoy.”
The police video had been saved beneath wraps till a choose ordered Emanuel to launch it greater than a 12 months later, discovering that the state had violated data legal guidelines by not releasing it earlier. Emanuel denied protecting it up, and in January 2019 three of Van Dyke’s colleagues, Officer Thomas Gaffney, former Officer Joseph Walsh and former Detective David March, had been discovered not responsible of obstruction of justice, official misconduct and conspiracy.
Nonetheless, Emanuel’s opponents preserve there was foul play.
“That the Biden administration seeks to reward Emanuel with an ambassadorship is a humiliation and betrayal of the values we search to uphold each inside our nation and all over the world,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I urge the Senate to vote NO on his affirmation.”