Not a Recommendation
A lot of "buyer's remorse" coming out of Jersey in recent weeks following McCarthy's ouster from Chicago:
- News that former city police director Garry McCarthy was relieved of his duties as head of the Chicago Police Department has generated little sympathy among city leaders that remember his tenure.
The city is "still suffering because of his bad public policy regarding police issues," said Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins. "I just feel sorry that the citizens of Chicago had to be subjected to his horrific brand of community policing for all those years. He needs to get a different profession."
Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, questioned the decision by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hire McCarthy.
"He left a legacy of widespread civil rights violations," Ofer said, referring to the findings of a U.S. Justice Department review spurred by the ACLU that found that municipal police in the state's largest city had repeatedly violated the rights of its residents.
"That was his track record in Newark, and that's what he brought to Chicago," Ofer said.
Granted, the ACLU isn't the best gauge, seeing as how they think looking cross-eyed at a suspect is a Civil Rights violation, but you have to question Rahm's ability to pick the absolutely worst person for various positions.