THE LOOP — A couple dozen protesters delivered a nationwide petition Monday calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign for their actions in the Laquan McDonald case.
Yet, even as protesters insisted they had more than 250,000 signatures on online petitions circulated by national groups including MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, organizers granted that only about 5 percent of those who signed the petitions, or about 12,500 people, were Chicagoans.
Still, with chants of "16 shots and a cover-up," protesters charged Emanuel and Alvarez had lost the confidence of local residents and should step down.
Valerie Papillon, of Black Youth Project 100, charged that Emanuel and Alvarez were "complicit in the corrupt cover-up in the murder of Laquan McDonald."
"They're only concerned about their own skins," said Roshoundria Leach, of the Service Employees International Union's Healthcare Illinois local. "We need leaders that care about all the people of the city, and not just their own careers."
Matt Blizek, an Avondale resident and local field director for MoveOn.org, questioned Emanuel's involvement in the delayed release of the Laquan McDonald dashcam video showing the 17-year-old being shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke. "He tried to cover it up," Blizek said. "Rahm Emanuel has lost the confidence of the residents of the City of Chicago, and for that he must resign."
"If the City of Chicago wants to have the trust of the people, Rahm Emanuel must resign," added Daniel Hernandez of the Latino Coalition for Change.
Even so, Scott Roberts, of colorofchange.org, allowed that only about 5 percent of the petition signatures were from Chicagoans.
Protesters marched from the Thompson Center to City Hall, delivering petition signatures by flash drive to the Mayor's Office and then to Alvarez.
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