Protests Erupt in Chicago, Call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Resign

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Chicago, blocking traffic and calling for the resignation of the city's mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The protests come hours after Emanuel publicly apologized for the officer-involved shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald during a special city council meeting. According to The Chicago Tribune, Rahm noted the shooting of McDonald "happened on my watch."

"If we're going to fix it, I want you to understand it's my responsibility with you," Emanuel said to the full Chicago City Council, the Tribune reports. "But if we're also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I'm sorry."

Since footage of the October 2014 shooting was released--in which officers responded to a report of a man with a knife, and officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots soon after arriving on the scene and exiting his vehicle--protesters have been demanding Emanuel resign, stating he was complicit in covering up the incident. Rahm has denied involvement in any cover up. Read more HERE.