U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García released a new version of his first television ad in the Chicago mayoral race on Wednesday, hours after the presence of two uniformed officers in the 30-second spot vowing to crack down on the crime sparked an investigation by Chicago Police Department officials.
A spokesperson for the García campaign told WTTW News the ad was edited out of “abundance of caution” after WGN-TV reported that it likely violated police department policy that prohibits officers from engaging in political activities while “wearing a uniform or part thereof”. which would identify the individuals as a Chicago Police Officer, or use Chicago Police Department property.
Representatives from the Chicago Police Department have confirmed that the two officers are under investigation.
Watch the revised ad.
Both versions of the spot juxtapose images of Chicago’s “L” rumbling through a colorful northwest side mural, two apartments and the skyline with images of Chicago neighborhoods cordoned off with yellow tape, mermaids and wounded being loaded into ambulances.
García, who represents Illinois’ 4th congressional district, pledges to get tough on crime “by getting more cops on our streets and getting illegal guns out of them” to the sound of upbeat music.
The original version of the ad showed two officers walking and talking with García. One officer, a black woman, smiles as García speaks, while the second officer, a white man, looks on. The trio appear to be walking along Clark Street in Andersonville.
The edited version replaces this segment with generic images of a police car driving down Michigan Avenue near the Art Institute, the back of a police officer’s uniform, and images of Chicago police officers from a distance conferring on a stage of crime.
As García is shown chatting over coffee with three women, including a black woman and an older white woman, he promises to expand “community violence prevention programs” and to “address to the root causes of crime by investing in neighborhoods being left behind. ”
García’s spokesperson said the campaign consulted with the Chicago Ethics Board before releasing the ad on Tuesday, and was confident the campaign had not violated the city’s government ethics ordinance. .
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas used images of themselves with uniformed police and firefighters in their campaign materials. However, since these images do not appear to be staged for the benefit of the campaign but captured as part of other events, they likely do not violate Chicago Police Department policy.
The Chicago Ethics Board voted unanimously Monday to ask both the Chicago Inspector General and the Chicago Public Schools Inspector General to determine whether Lightfoot’s campaign violated the ordinance on the ethics of city government.
The appeal comes after the Lightfoot campaign sent emails to CPS teachers and City Colleges of Chicago professors seeking student volunteers to help her get re-elected in exchange for credit. The discussion that led to the vote by members of the Chicago Ethics Board took place behind closed doors, and the board’s action did not name Lightfoot, per board rules.
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