From EAG News:
CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a rude awakening at a recent Urban Prep Academies ceremony where students shut him down by chanting “16 shots” – a reference to the number fired into a black teen during a recent police shooting.
Emanuel visited the acclaimed charter high school Wednesday to unveil his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative designed to create opportunities for minorities. After the mayor’s remarks, as principal Dion Steele prepared to lead students in the school creed, chants of “16 shots!” rung out from the crowd, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The chants refer to the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October, 2014 and the ensuing controversy over cruiser dash camera footage that was withheld from the public for over a year. The footage seemed to conflict with the initial police account, and critics claim Emanuel purposefully withheld it until after he was re-elected. The mayor is currently fending off calls for his resignation over the case, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The site reports the student chant lasted for about 10 seconds, and was not acknowledged by Emanuel or Steele. WGN broadcasted a brief clip of the incident.
The mayor has repeatedly touted Urban Prep as a role model educational institution because of its incredible academic success with black youth, and he named the school’s leader, Tim King, to the 22-member My Brothers Keeper Cabinet.
“Every year, 100 percent graduation, 100 percent college acceptance. Every time people say, ‘Not those…