The fallout over the Laquan McDonald case continues in Chicago, with the Sunday resignation of the official who led the agency tasked with probing police shootings.
Scott Ando resigned immediately as the Independent Police Review Authority's (IPRA) chief administrator and is being replaced by former federal prosecutor Sharon Fairley, the mayor's office said.
"Scott has taken important steps to move IPRA forward and reduce its backlog of cases," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated in announcing Ando's resignation. "Yet it has become clear that new leadership is required as we rededicate ourselves to dramatically improving our system of police accountability and rebuilding trust in that process."
Ando's resignation comes amid furor over the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent handling of the case and after Emanuel fired his Chicago police superintendent last Tuesday.
Police dash-cam video showing officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times in October 2014 was released publicly last month, under a court order. The video -- which Chicago officials had refused to make public before a judge ordered its release, citing investigations into the shooting -- has sparked protests in Chicago. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in McDonald's shooting death hours before the dash-came video went public.
As for IPRA, an analysis released in July by the Better Government Association found that the agency has investigated nearly 400 Chicago police-involved fatal and non-fatal shootings since 2007. Over that time, IPRA found only one shooting to be unjustified.
A former IPRA investigator, Lorenzo Davis, alleged over the summer that he was directed by leadership to change findings in police shootings that he determined to be unjustified. Davis says the agency fired him in July for refusing those orders.
Meanwhile, in other police-related news, acting CPD Superintendent John Escalante announced Friday that officers will face disciplinary action if they fail to report problems with their dashboard cameras and audio.
There have been questions surrounding the lack of audio for the videos showing the fatal police shootings of McDonald and Ronald Johnson, who was also killed by police in October 2014. The video of Johnson's shooting is expected to be released by the city this week.
"We have a good policy in place. We've got to reinforce it. That's why I sent out a reminder. When you get into that car, test the in-car camera and the audio. Make sure it's working. That's your responsibility," Escalante stated. "If the system isn't working and officers didn't report it, we are going to take disciplinary action."