A federal judge on Friday declined to reverse his ruling that may result in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel being called to testify in a trial about the Chicago Police Department's "code of silence."
At issue is a case involving two Chicago police officers who claim they were retaliated against for working with federal officials on a corruption investigation involving a police sergeant.
In court today, city attorneys tried to get the judge to change his ruling so Emanuel would not have to testify at the trial slated to start May 30. To that end, they offered to acknowledge the existence of the police code of silence, but the judge declined the proposal, saying Emanuel's testimony could provide "much more texture" on the issue and "would provide further evidence of an unwritten policy and practice."
Emanuel addressed the "code of silence" among police during a December speech before the city council, when he apologized for the handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting case. He stated, in part, "This problem is sometimes referred to as the thin blue line. Other times it is referred to as the code of silence. It is the tendency to ignore, deny or in some cases cover up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues."