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‘Rahm Emanuel Covered Up the Murder of My Son’: Chicagoans Seethe Over Looming Biden Ambassador Pick

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11.06.2021

Increasingly concerned that former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is on the verge of being awarded a plum position in President Joe Biden’s administration, activists and relatives of victims of police violence in the city are publicly urging the president to slam the brakes on considering him for a high-profile ambassadorship.

But some of Emanuel’s biggest Democratic critics are conspicuously silent in response to reports that he will be nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, raising questions about whether they see a prominent posting abroad as worth internecine fighting.

“Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of my son,” said Dorothy Holmes, mother of Ronald Johnson, who was shot in the back by Chicago police in 2014. “Rahm Emanuel does not deserve to be the ambassador of anything. Rahm Emanuel belongs behind bars.”

On Thursday, more than two dozen victims of police violence in Chicago and their relatives released a joint statement condemning Biden’s reported choice of ambassador, accusing the former two-term mayor and onetime White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama of “contempt for communities of color” during his mayoralty.

Emanuel, the signers wrote, “became a symbol of lethal disrespect for Black lives,” and making him an ambassador “would make the U.S. government a similar symbol.”

“The possibility that Rahm Emanuel will become the U.S. ambassador to Japan is abhorrent to those of us who continue to........

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