Protests, counter-protests held at City Hall after Rialmo decision

CHICAGO – Protests and counter-protests were held at City Hall on Wednesday after the decision regarding Officer Robert Rialmo, the officer who shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones.

Members of the Chicago Police Union demonstrated outside City Hall. The protesters were met by counter-protesters.

They were upset over many issues and accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of turning his back on police. In April a ruling called for Rialmo be fired over the shooting deaths of 19-year-old LeGrier and 55-year-old Jones. His pay was suspended and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability wants him fired against the wishes of Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

At Wednesday’s council meeting, Union VP Martin Prieb called it a “witch hunt by a kangaroo court.”

The police union is also upset that the mayor is negotiating a consent decree that will likely lead to federal oversight of CPD.

In the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

All of which comes as the police union and the city negotiate a new contract

FOP President Kevin Graham won't speculate as some union rank and file do that Emanuel is stalling until after the upcoming mayoral election but Graham said the matter is taking too long to reach an accord.