Racial slurs heard over the Chicago Police Department’s radio scanner may have come from sources outside the department, DNA Info Chicago reports.
The incident occurred Sunday morning when a 911 dispatcher and an officer’s conversation was interrupted by other voices on the line. The dispatcher, who believed she was speaking to a police officer, then heard two voices asking her personal questions and saying, “typical f—— n——.” After the dispatcher said she planned to alert her supervisor, another voice responded, “”Black lives matter, man. F****** n*****.”
Investigators believe the comments did not come from Chicago officers. A spokesperson for the office of emergency management said the person saying “typical f—— n——” appears to be using a radio with characteristics differing from those officers use, according to the report.
Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi spoke to reporters about the pending investigation.
“The statements made are absolutely unacceptable and Supt. [John] Escalante has ordered an immediate internal-affairs investigation into this incident,” Guglielmi said in a statement. “Should the investigation reveal that a member of the Police Department made the statements, he will be immediately suspended and disciplinary proceedings will be launched.”
Tension in Chicago has steadily risen over the past year in light of the Laquan McDonald shooting and violent protests at a Donald Trump rally last Friday.
Activist Will Calloway called out embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel to investigate:
“I think it speaks for itself,” Calloway said, citing the recording as proof of “systemic racism that’s going on and that’s present in the Police Department.” Calloway called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “get to the bottom of this” and fire any officers responsible. He also blamed Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, saying, “This is the environment Anita Alvarez has made by not prosecuting any officers” in police shootings.
Alvarez, who has held the state’s attorney spot since 2008, conceded the Democratic nomination to Kim Foxx on Tuesday. Mayor Emanuel and Alvarez have been accused of hiding information about the McDonald case from the general public. Charges were eventually brought against officer Jason Van Dyke after video of the shooting was released to the public close to two years after.
Foxx will face Republican candidate Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche in the general election.