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Emanuel apologizes for Laquan McDonald police shooting

Emanuel apologizes for Laquan McDonald police shooting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to reset how he's handled the most severe crisis of his tenure, giving a determined and at times emotional speech to the City Council on Wednesday in which he pledged to finally end Chicago's entrenched practice of police brutality and apologized for failing to fix the deep-seated issue sooner.

The 40-minute address served as a high-profile platform for Emanuel to again offer a list of the steps he's taken so far, but also tackle head-on a complicated series of challenges surrounding race relations and a deeply rooted lack of trust many minorities in Chicago have in the officers who patrol their communities.

"We are here today because Chicago is...

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