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Is Rahm Emanuel right to blame cops after high-profile shooting?

(Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

(Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

The Chicago Police Department faced heavy criticism after an incident on Saturday where two people ended up dead, a 55-year-old mother and a 19-year-old college student.

A brief statement from the department and a year where police fatally shot almost 1,000 people across the country has led to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel calling for reform, according to The Washington Post.

Emanuel wants the department to review police training and improve how officers deal with mental health calls.

“It is clear changes are needed to how officers respond to mental health crises,” Emanuel said in a statement.

The Chicago Police Department, and Emanuel, have faced intense scrutiny recently. A fatal shooting last month of 17-year-old Laquan Macdonald spurred protests that led to the police chief to resign. Ire then turned toward Emanuel, who protesters saw as failing to respond appropriately to concerns over policing.

The shooting began after 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier’s father called the police. LeGrier picked up a bat after he grew agitated.

“Hoping to defuse the situation, LeGrier’s father called police,” the Post reported.

LeGrier was home from college visiting for the holidays.

A yearlong investigative project from the Post noted that indictments of police officers for fatal shootings tripled in 2015 compared with previous years, but charges are rarely filed after the indictment.

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