Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the controversial Chicago police superintendent who was fired yesterday a “very good friend,” adding that the Windy City’s top cop is often hired “just to be fired.”

“The Chicago pundits opined yesterday that Chicago police superintendents are hired to be fired. That situation seems to me to be a consistent issue in Chicago,” Mr. Bratton told reporters today at One Police Plaza. “Garry [McCarthy] is a very good friend, personally and professionally.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, fired the superintendent, Garry McCarthy, after the recent release of a shocking video showing a white Chicago police officer repeatedly shooting and quickly killing Laquan McDonald, a black teenager. Mr. Emanuel, grappling with a surge in shootings and murders while facing criticism for the way his department has interacted with minority communities, was pressured to dismiss Mr. McCarthy, who as recently as last week was appearing at his side during press conferences.

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