Members of the Chicago City Council's Latino Caucus are among the aldermen reacting to the Chicago Police Board's finalists for the city's police superintendent position.
On Friday, Latino aldermen said they wanted interim Supt. John Escalante to take over as the city's permanent police chief, with Ald. George Cardenas (12th) calling it "insulting and disrespectful" that Escalante was not among the three finalists for the position.
"We are tired of Latinos being used for interims," added Ald. Milly Santiago (31st).
The Police Board began its search for a new Chicago police superintendent after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy from the post in December following the November court-ordered release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
Emanuel tapped CPD First Deputy John Escalante to take over as interim police chief during the Police Board's superintendent candidate search. Escalante was reportedly among the candidates who applied for the superintendent position.
The Police Board on Thursday recommended three candidates to Emanuel, who is tasked with picking the next police chief. They include Cedric Alexander, former Rochester, New York police chief; Anne Kirkpatrick, former top cop in Spokane, Washington; and Eugene Williams, who has served in the Chicago Police Department for 36 years.
Another council member, Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th), echoed calls from his Latino colleagues for Escalante to be among the three finalists for the job.
"John Escalante has gone above and beyond as the acting Superintendent during the most difficult time in police community relations in recent memory," Sposato said in a statement Friday. "Mayor Emanuel asked John to take over at a time when police moral was at an all time low and tensions between police and residents were higher then I can ever remember. He has guided us through this period with leadership and grace and I believe he deserves to be considered as the next police superintendent and I ask Mayor Emanuel and the Police Board to add his name to the recommendation list."
Supporters of another superintendent candidate who didn't make the Police Board's list, Joseph Shaw, a Chicago Police Department veteran of 23 years, plan to speak out Monday morning outside Emanuel's office.
Shaw, his supporters said in a media advisory, "took on the Fraternal Order of Police, stopping them from using current Officers Funds to support the Jon Burge legal defense for torturing black men. His argument was to protect the current officers making sure monies would be available to them when they needed it."
"Joe was on the front lines working in the (7th) District in the early 90's during the creation of the CAPS program," the statement added. "While working with the CAPS program insuring its success, he was bridging the gap between the police and the community all the while gaining the respect of the community. This invaluable hand on experience alone with his corporate business experience gives him the upper hand to command and lead the Chicago Police Department."