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Rahm Emanuel's top-cop choice has 'cops' backs'

May 02, 2011
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Rahm Emanuel's top-cop choice has 'cops' backs'

By Deanna Bellandi
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's choice to be Chicago's next police superintendent says he will have "cops' backs" if they do their jobs well.

Newark, N.J., Police Director Garry McCarthy also said during an introductory news conference Monday that he knows he will have to earn the right to wear a Chicago police uniform.

McCarthy's processor, former FBI agent Jodi Weis, was unpopular with many rank-and-file officers. They contended that Weis did not stand behind them and they criticized him for wearing a police uniform to official functions because he didn't come up through the ranks.

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McCarthy says he will become certified as an Illinois police officer before wearing the uniform. He says he will initially be sworn in to a civilian position in the department.

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