Sanders says he doesn't need Chicago mayor's backing to reach White House

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the media following the Democratic presidential candidates debate at Saint Anselm College in ManchesterBy Dave McKinney CHICAGO (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday he did not need the backing of one of rival Hillary Clinton’s supporters, embattled Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, to win. Emanuel’s political stock has tumbled after a racially divisive scandal that grew out of a fatal police shooting of a teenager in October 2014. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, campaigned for Emanuel’s opponent in last spring’s mayoral race and called for changes in the U.S. policing strategies to ensure “lethal force should be a last option, not a first option.” His comments appeared to be a direct reference to the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, an African-American who was shot 16 times by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer who has been charged with murder.

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