- Lawyers for 11 Chicago police officers who claim Mayor Rahm Emanuel removed them from his security detail for political reasons when he took office in 2011 have asked a federal judge to order the mayor to sit for a deposition as part of their ongoing lawsuit.
The officers, who are all white or Hispanic, alleged in a 2012 complaint that Emanuel actively participated in selecting a new security team that included African-American officers with less seniority as well as officers who had volunteered for his campaign.
Lawyers for the demoted officers want to question Emanuel on the record about his involvement in the change. They allege there is evidence that the mayor directed Terry Hillard — who at the time was the city's interim police superintendent — to select a "diverse" group and personally took part in meetings to select campaign volunteers to reassign to his around-the-clock police protection.
Emanuel's attorneys have refused to make the mayor available, citing his packed calendar and saying he had no direct knowledge of how outgoing Mayor Richard Daley's security team was reassigned.
New boss, new people. No one lost their jobs, they just lost their D-3 pay for protecting Daley. A spot like that isn't guaranteed for life (in most cases.) You lucked into it by kissing the right ass or being born to the right family. Seniority never had anything to do with it. It's a POLITICAL spot and the political winds blew Rahm's way. End of story.
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