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Rahm Emanuel's actions after 2014 shooting of Black teen loom over ambassadorship hearing

Lawmakers ponder whether Rahm Emaneul reflects the values of the Biden administration because of his previous management after the Laquan McDonald shooting.

10/20/2021 6:09:00 AM

Lawmakers ponder whether Rahm Emaneul reflects the values of the Biden administration because of his previous management after the Laquan McDonald shooting.

Lawmakers ponder whether Rahm Emaneul reflects the values of the Biden administration because of his previous management after the Laquan McDonald shooting.

's ambassador to Japan.In 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times as he ran away from police and for more than a year, Emanuel's administration chose not to publicly release the police dash cam video. When the video was finally released after being compelled by a state court, the city witnessed weeks of protests, most of them peaceful, in response.

Several lawmakers and House representatives believe Emanuel's actions following the shooting do not align with the Biden administration's mission of"comprehensive and meaningful police reform" and should disqualify him from nomination for an ambassador position.

Emanuel will appear for his confirmation hearing before theForegin Relations Committee on Wednesday, which also happens to be the seventh anniversary of McDonald's killing.In the face of criticism over Biden's envoy, White House press secretary headtopics.com

said Biden's"commitment to police reform speaks for itself."Psaki has explained that Biden's decisions on ambassador selection are informed by various factors."At the same time, he selects and has nominated a range of ambassadors to serve the United States overseas because of their qualifications, whether it's from business, public service, or other reasons that would make them qualified for these positions," Psaki said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.Danaka Katovich of Code Pink holds a sign during a rally to protest former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's ambassador to Japan appointment outside the Chicago Police Headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Chicago. The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan.

AP Photo/Paul BeatyIf confirmed, Emanuel will be Biden's chief envoy to Japan at a moment when the two nations are looking to strengthen ties as their common adversary, China, has strengthened its position as an economic and national security competitor in the Pacific.

The White House is confident Emanuel will be confirmed by the Senate despite sharp criticism by several of the president's allies in the party's liberal wing of the House, whose members do not vote on confirmations. Read more: Newsweek »

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