The Latest: Chicago mayor confident in city attorneys

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Posted: Jan 05, 2016 2:19 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on scrutiny surrounding Chicago police shootings, including the resignation of a top city attorney after a judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he has confidence in the head of Chicago's law department following the resignation of a top city attorney who was accused of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting lawsuit.

Emanuel said Tuesday that chief counsel Stephen Patton is handling "all the pieces" when it comes to any possible review of cases handled by Jordan Marsh. The mayor didn't elaborate.

A federal judge criticized Marsh in a scathing opinion Monday. Patton has said the city would reinforce efforts to properly train lawyers.

Emanuel and Chicago police have come under fire since video was released in November of a white officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, in October 2014.

The mayor has launched efforts to restore public confidence in police and his leadership. On Tuesday, he said there was "zero tolerance" for anyone representing Chicago in a courtroom for not upholding professional standards.

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3 a.m.

The public will get a chance to speak about who they want to be Chicago's next police superintendent.

Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot says the public will be allowed to offer their views during a board meeting next Tuesday on the selection of a replacement for former Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

McCarthy was forced to resign by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the November release of a video of a white police officer shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times.

Since the video's release, many in the city have angrily demanded changes in the department and activists and others have pushed to be included in the process of selecting a new superintendent.

The board will nominate three candidates for the mayor to choose from.