Hmmm: After city lawyers met with Rahm, they demanded the McDonald family bury the video–offered ‘hush money’

posted at 4:01 pm on January 9, 2016 by Matt Vespa

People are doubtful about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s claims that he never saw the horrific video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times on October 20, 2014 in Chicago. Well, things won’t be ameliorated any time soon, especially after new emails obtained by the Daily Beast showed that city attorneys demanded that the McDonald family bury the dash cam footage and offered $5 million in “hush money” prior to the 2015 mayoral runoff. Oh, and this came after they briefed the mayor. The Beast added that the emails showed the McDonald family agreed to keep the video buried–and that the effort to keep what happened to McDonald under the radar reached the top levels of the mayor’s office (via Daily Beast) [emphasis mine]:

City of Chicago lawyers, after meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, demanded the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer.

Emanuel said last month that Stephen Patton, Chicago’s corporation counsel, briefed him “towards the end of March” about what the dashboard-camera video showed and about the proposed $5 million settlement with McDonald’s estate.

[…]

Emanuel had maintained since McDonald’s death that he has never seen the dash-cam video, but the emails prove the mayor knew exactly what the footage showed when city lawyers negotiated a deal that would at least delay the video’s release. Attorneys for McDonald’s estate sent Platt screenshots of the video and a detailed description

[…]

Emanuel’s lawyers were offering $5 million in hush money to keep this hidden just weeks before the runoff election. And the biggest part of the deal—that McDonald family attorneys agreed to keep the video to themselves until criminal proceedings were concluded—just so happened to be inked the day after Emanuel was re-elected.

[…]

…[T]he City Council voted unanimously to approve the $5 million settlement in just 36 seconds. Emanuel banged a gavel to mark the approval and the end—or so he thought—of the greatest threat to his mayoralty.

Emanuel’s lawyers were offering $5 million in hush money to keep the video hidden just weeks before the runoff election.

Emanuel wrote in a December op-ed in the Chicago Tribune that the settlement couldn’t be part of a cover-up because it was the McDonald family’s attorneys who approached the city wanting to settle.

What was not mentioned by Emanuel is that those same attorneys first rejected, then somehow agreed to, the city’s desire to bury the video until criminal proceedings had been completed.

[…]

But the settlement agreement never required the McDonald family’s attorneys to hold the video until an investigation was completed. Instead, over the objections of the McDonald estate, Platt and the city pressed for language that would keep the video hidden far beyond the end of investigations and until as long as a criminal trial was concluded.

Not only do the emails show the effort to cover up what really happened to Laquan McDonald went to the top of the Emanuel administration, they also show the mayor’s office was pulling strings at the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), which, as its name indicates, should be independent.

The Associated Press reported that there was coordination between the mayor’s office, the police department, and IPRA during this investigation. The Laquan McDonald incident has proven to be the biggest threat to Emanuel’s political career–not to mention an issue that could also torpedo his personal reputation. Forget the ethical issues with “pulling strings” on a law enforcement investigatory board, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the paper trail suggests the mayor’s office knew this event could sink Emanuel’s re-election prospects. Add this to the possible botched investigation of another police shooting four years prior, the criticisms of Rahm and the slim associated with Chicago Democratic politics is quite explicit. There’s a bill proposed in the state legislature to set protocols for a recall election to remove a Mayor of Chicago. We’ll have to see how this piece of legislation turns out, but for now, Rahm remains under siege–and rightfully so.

Cross-posted at Townhall.

Edit (Matt): I meant to say 2015 runoff, not 2011. My apologies, folks.


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Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

artist on January 9, 2016 at 4:07 PM

…the silence from the Left-Tards is deafening…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 9, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Welcome to Chicago. Where the law is what they say it is and if you are dem, expect no consequences.

nobar on January 9, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Ballerina Rahm is going to have to resign.

Hold me closer, tiny dancer. Ha ha

portlandon on January 9, 2016 at 4:11 PM

William Hale Thompson (May 14, 1869 – March 19, 1944) was Mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923 and again from 1927 to 1931. Known as “Big Bill”,[1] Thompson was the last Republican to serve as Mayor of Chicago (as of 2015)

He ranks among the most unethical mayors in American history.

…not anymore…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 9, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Hush money, more like they embezzled city funds to cover up their own misdeeds.

There really needs to be a stop put to this. Anybody involved in misuse of government money in this way needs to be removed. And that includes any public lawyers or judges involved that signed off on it.

This is total antithetical to a functioning state.

nemo on January 9, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Suppressing evidence of a possible crime is a crime itself. As is converting public money for your personal benefit. Go to jail, Rahm, go directly to jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

rbj on January 9, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Unstoppable
Unstoppable

Magicjava on January 9, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Unstoppable
Unstoppable

Magicjava on January 9, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Unstoppable

Magicjava on January 9, 2016 at 4:28 PM

nobody cares about black people quite like liberal elites.

Mitochondrion on January 9, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Why aren’t the Tribune or the Sun-Times seeking this information?

Frankly, I’m surprised that it wasn’t the Daily Mail out of the UK, the only semi-honest news reporting outfit left.

Lance Corvette on January 9, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Rahmbo needs a remedial course in Advanced Corruption from his favorite “Constitutional Law Professor.”

Mike from NC on January 9, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Democrats being Democrats

The Notorious G.O.P on January 9, 2016 at 4:58 PM

The Clintons taught Rahm all he knows.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2016 at 5:05 PM

What’s the problem here?

The family got paid 5 million.

The city council approved it.

It seems everyone was happy and everyone knew about it.

Now that some of the dominos have fallen, they have all pulled back and are letting Rahm sink on his own.

This is standard operation procedure now a days.

Walter L. Newton on January 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM

How ironic for the reprobate who boasted about never letting a crisis to go to waste.

None of this should be a surprise, though, about a person whose entire value complex is based on ‘the ends justifies the means’.

Athos on January 9, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Rahm Emanuel, an Obama and Clinton crony, used $5 MILLION of taxpayer money to hide a video until after his re-election. Now he’s busted. Couldn’t happen to a nice guy. I recommend that his opponents not let this crisis go to waste.

eMatters on January 9, 2016 at 5:16 PM

This is unprecedented! A Democrat concealing a politically inconvenient truth in order to win an election!

talkingpoints on January 9, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

They would both have to self-identify as the same gender to share a cell. Start thinking 21st century, hater.

Jazz Shaw on January 9, 2016 at 5:48 PM

What’s the problem here?

Walter L. Newton on January 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM

He got caught.

The corruption is fine. Just don’t get caught. It embarrasses the party.

PackerBronco on January 9, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Hillary will give Rahm a hug and whisper: “When I’m President we’re going to arrest the guy that made that video.”

PackerBronco on January 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM

The people of Chicago should realize their pols could care less about them unless they don’t care or they’re really stupid.

docflash on January 9, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Speaking of the bankruptcies of the left – we have an OT that reminds us of – those who cannot (or refuse to) remember the past are condemned to repeat it….

Subprime 2.0: The White House is rolling out a new low-income mortgage program that for the first time lets lenders qualify borrowers by counting income from nonborrowers living in the household. What could go wrong?

The HomeReady program is offered through Fannie Mae, which is now controlled by Obama’s old Congressional Black Caucus pal Mel Watt. It replaces the bankrupted mortgage giant’s notorious old subprime program, MyCommunityMortgage.

In case renaming the subprime product fails to fool anybody, the affordable-housing geniuses in the administration have re-termed “subprime,” a dirty word since the mortgage bust, “alternative.”

So HomeReady isn’t a subprime mortgage program, you see, it’s an “alternative” mortgage program.

But it might was well be called DefaultReady, because it is just as risky as the subprime junk Fannie was peddling on the eve of the crisis.

At least before the crisis, your income had to be your own. But now, as a renter, you can get a conventional home loan backed by Fannie by claiming other people’s income. That’s right: You can use your apartment roommate’s paycheck to augment your qualifying income. Or your abuela.

You can even claim the earnings of people who are not occupants, such as your parents, under this program.

You don’t have to bring much financial wherewithal to the table. You can even live in government-subsidized housing.

Just as long as you round up enough income-earners and pool finances to help meet the debt-to-income ratio of 43%.

You don’t need good credit either. You can qualify with a FICO credit score as low as 620, which is subprime. And you can put as little as 3% down.

It’s all part of a government campaign to ease access to home loans for Hispanic immigrants who tend to live in groups and pool finances.

Fannie says that 1 in 4 Hispanic households share dwellings — and finances — with extended families. It says this is a large “underserved” market.

The program actually targets properties “in high-minority census tracts.”

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a liberal trade group, is praising the move, arguing it will bring tens of thousands of Hispanic families into the home market who have been “skipped over” by stingy (meaning prudent and responsible) lenders.

It was during the Clinton Administration that much of the groundwork was done which led to the 2008 housing bubble bursting. Now the Obama Administration wants to do the same thing, while expecting a different result.

Athos on January 9, 2016 at 6:07 PM

They would both have to self-identify as the same gender to share a cell. Start thinking 21st century, hater.

Jazz Shaw on January 9, 2016 at 5:48 PM

So put them in different cells. Problem solved.

unclesmrgol on January 9, 2016 at 6:09 PM

A corrupt politician?
In Chicago?
Who knew?

LeftCoastRight on January 9, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

artist on January 9, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Cheryl Mills ‘convincing’ Hillary’s rogue server IT guy to take the 5th is keeping her out of prison. We’ll see about Rahm.

forest on January 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM

What’s the problem here?

Walter L. Newton on January 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM

The family didn’t bury the video deep enough, or something…

How many families took the (taxpayers) money and kept quiet?

Fallon on January 9, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Five million? They coulda got 10 million. Shlubs.

they lie on January 9, 2016 at 6:44 PM

People are doubtful about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s claims…..

Are you actually suggesting that Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, Obama confidant, and Mayor of Chicago, would lie? That would be unprecedented.

And talk about being hoisted on one’s own petard. The Chicago political machine ensured that it is virtually impossible to recall the mayor. So as long as Rahm is unwilling to go, he is the leader of the most corrupt city in America.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

They would both have to self-identify as the same gender to share a cell. Start thinking 21st century, hater.

Jazz Shaw on January 9, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Think LGBTQ cell.

Rix on January 9, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

artist on January 9, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Blue Clinton (D-NY) and Rahm Emanuel (D-Il)…….

A “D” in the parenthesis is better than a get out of jail card. Blue even gets away with killing people. Literally.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Hillary will give Rahm a hug and whisper: “When I’m President we’re going to arrest the guy that made that video.”

PackerBronco on January 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM

This is the kind of post that keeps me coming back. I don’t even read the articles anymore, just the headlines and the comments.

Where’s the “like” button on this dam/ed thing? Hello? The button’s not working.

/like

Lance Corvette on January 9, 2016 at 7:33 PM

I don’t understand any of this. Why would the city openly settle with the McDonald Family before there was a trial? Heck, before there was an indictment? Wouldn’t the taxpayers think something fishy was going on?

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM

I don’t understand any of this. Why would the city openly settle with the McDonald Family before there was a trial? Heck, before there was an indictment? Wouldn’t the taxpayers think something fishy was going on?

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Baltimore cut a check to Freddy Gray’s family long before the investigation into his death was complete or the first indictments were issued. In Baltimore’s case it was an attempt to ensure that the next round of rioting is less severe. In Chicago’s case it is hush money to try and avert a scandal that would derail Rahm’s chances in the upcoming election. In both cases it is essentially a bribe and not any sort of rational payout for civil wrongs.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

artist on January 9, 2016 at 4:07 PM

…because the inmates are running the Asylum?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 9, 2016 at 9:09 PM

At this point I’m thinking the only real solution to Chicago is, to quote Ellen Ripley;

“I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

Gator Country on January 9, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Why are we not addressing Hillary and Rahm as inmates?

artist on January 9, 2016 at 4:07 PM

LOL. I assume that’s a rhetorical question.

Who would actually be brave enough to bring charges against them? They would attempt to bribe, blackmail, threaten or even murder anyone who did.

They can afford the best lawyers that would see to it that the jury consisted of dullards, and would rip apart just about any DA’s arguments. They could come up with (highly-compensated) experts of their own with impeccable credentials to refute whatever the state could come up with.

They have lots of money and powerful associates.

The “press” would run interference for them if they were anywhere near being indicted.

Rahm would claim he was a victim of anti-Semitism.

Shrillary would claim that she was a victim of the “vast right wing conspiracy”-and the ongoing “war on women”, of course.

The faithful Dem masses would have a cow.

The Communist organizations would come out in force to protest.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 10, 2016 at 6:32 AM

It’s nice they could come up with $5M to buy the family’s silence before the election, but can’t find the money to pay for stuff their citizens really need unless they tax the wazoo outta everyone to pay for it.

Kissmygrits on January 10, 2016 at 9:05 AM

And to think….. Some folks round these parts where upset over some protest on black Friday ….cause BLM . Lol!

Von Kleist on January 10, 2016 at 10:39 AM