Chicago Police Chief McCarthy fired amid teen shooting scandal

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FILE - In this May 2, 2011 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired the city's police chief after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer. Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday that he has dismissed Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his "back."

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Protesters have been calling for McCarthy's dismissal for days in response to the handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting. The black 17-year-old was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October 2014.

The city released police dashcam video of the shooting only after a judge ordered it to be made public. Its release last week set off several days of largely peaceful protests. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.

McCarthy has been chief since May 2011. Prior to coming to Chicago he served as police superintendent in Newark, New Jersey, and in the NYPD.

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