Chicago alderman call for FOP president to resign after Capitol riot comments

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CHICAGO — Just over a third of the Chicago City Council’s aldermen are calling for Chicago FOP President John Cataranza to resign over comments defending rioters at last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Last week, Cataranza told Chicago Public Media that “There was no arson, there was no burning of anything, there was no looting, there was very little destruction of property.” He said he understood the “frustration” and supported the rioters.

He was immediately blasted by both Chicago politicians and other police unions. He apologized for the comments on Friday.

But that isn’t enough for many. As of Monday morning, 35 Chicago aldermen had signed on to a resolution calling for Cataranza to resign from the union position. The resolution also states that if Cataranza doesn’t resign, they call for the Fraternal Order of Police to remove him from the position.

“We have lived in a city where we have seen incident after incident of police misconduct – to compound that history with the continued failed leadership of Mr. Cataranza is to widen the gulf of trust between police and communities of color in Chicago,” said resolution author Andre Vasquez in a social media post. “The actions of the Fraternal of Police can follow those of the National FOP in holding him accountable and calling for his resignation so as to reflect the integrity that the CPD star is supposed to represent, or the union can choose to remain silent – the choice is theirs.”