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Chicago police scandal highlights problems with one-party rule

Chicago police scandal highlights problems with one-party rule

For a moment at least, the biggest political beneficiary of the shootings in San Bernardino wasn't a presidential candidate or terrorist group. It was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The killing spree in Southern California distracted the national press at precisely the moment it was about to go into a feeding frenzy over a scandal consuming his mayoralty.

If such political scorekeeping seems gauche, it's a fitting tribute to Mr. Emanuel, who may have participated in a political cover-up.

Last year, police officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald, a black teenager. Officer Van Dyke put 16 bullets in him. Five other officers claimed McDonald had lunged at them menacingly...

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