Emanuel OK with promotion of officer accused in Daley nephew cover-up

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A high-ranking Chicago police officer accused of helping to cover-up a crime by former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew just got promoted and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's OK with it.

Chicago Police Officer Dean Andrews oversaw the reinvestigation into whether Daley's nephew Richard Vanecko should have been charged in a 2004 bar fight that resulted in another man's death. Vanecko served 60 days in jail in 2014 after reaching a plea agreement in the death of David Koschman.

A judge accused Andrews and other officers of making up a witness statement to make it look like Daley's nephew acted in self-defense, according to a report by The Chicago Sun-Times.

This week, Andrews was promoted to chief of detectives.

"While you said he's under investigation for the last two years, he's been head of area north and done a very good job," Mayor Emanuel said.

Emanuel did not directly address a reporter's question about the message it sends to the public to have someone accused of a cover-up running the detective division.