Mayor Rahm Emanuel ripped the Trump administration Wednesday for taking what he said was a meaningless stand against Chicago’s proposed consent decree, and chastised the media for “acting like Pavlovian little mice chasing every time Donald Trump says something.”
Emanuel spoke to reporters a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would file a statement of interest opposing Chicago’s proposed consent decree governing police tactics and training.
“First of all, you said ‘intervene’ (in the consent decree). They’re not,” he said. “They’re basically writing the equivalent of a small ‘a’ amicus brief. And you guys, even in the stories, acknowledge it only has symbolic value. We have real work to do. You guys got to stop acting like Pavlovian little mice chasing every time Donald Trump says something. It doesn’t have any value.”
A “statement of interest” is a mechanism the Justice Department has used to weigh in on legal cases, but such statements carry no inherent legal weight, according to lawyers familiar with those documents. They resemble amicus briefs, which lawyers file in an effort to sway a judge’s view, attorneys said.
“This ain’t on the level,” Emanuel said of the Justice Department move. “How many times have you seen this? How many times have you reported on a tweet? You. And what have you seen? So come on.
“You know the game, and you’re getting played. You’re getting played,” Emanuel told reporters while announcing new predictive policing technology. “You guys are getting played, we’ve got real work to do. We’re going to be in front of a judge. We’re committed to the reforms, we’re committed to seeing them through. There isn’t anything here.”
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October 10, 2018 at 04:24PM