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Interim police Superintendent John Escalante known for being calm, low-key

Interim police Superintendent John Escalante known for being calm, low-key

John Escalante, the man chosen to lead the Chicago Police Department for the interim after top cop Garry McCarthy was pushed out, brings a personality to the position that stands in stark contrast to his former boss.

Unlike McCarthy, who kept a high profile and was always media-savvy, Escalante, a 29-year veteran of the department, has been known to be soft-spoken and low key, rising up through the ranks with a calm and "steady" demeanor, those who know him said.

But now Escalante will be front and center, charged with the monumental task of leading the department in the midst of a crisis of distrust and negative attention, both locally and nationally, following...

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