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Protests, boycott greet Emanuel at MLK breakfast

Protests, boycott greet Emanuel at MLK breakfast

For 30 years, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Breakfast hosted by Chicago's mayor has had a political undercurrent, as politicians from across the city paid tribute to the legendary civil rights leader while paying attention to the important constituency of African-American voters.

But on Friday, the event became a political spectacle.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel used his time at the podium to vow he'd wipe out police misconduct, as he continues to deal with the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal. Prominent African-American pastors took the opportunity to express their displeasure to the mayor by boycotting the event. And a well-known author bailed...

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