Connected Lawyer Leaving
- ...Patton's six-year tenure as the city's top lawyer was not without controversy.
Patton recommended not releasing the video of a police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, saying at the time its release would compromise the ongoing investigation into the teen's death.
The graphic video set off a wave of protests that eventually toppled former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and sparked the federal investigation.
In addition, a federal judge ruled in January 2016 that an attorney for the city intentionally concealed evidence during the civil trial of two officers who shot and killed a man in 2011 during a traffic stop.
The judge overturned a jury verdict that cleared the officers of wrongdoing, and harshly criticized the city for concealing evidence from the the victim's family.
In December, the City Council agreed to pay $2.34 million to settle the case.
The case prompted city officials to hire former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to conduct an independent investigation of whether the Patton-led Law Department routinely concealed evidence or engaged in misconduct.
Rahm already has another fall guy lined up for the spot.
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