Aide to Rahm Emanuel attacked at Chicago vigil
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Aide to Rahm Emanuel attacked at Chicago vigil

Beating, anti-Semitic slur directed at Vance Henry, top adviser to Jewish mayor

Family, friends and supporters gather outside the home of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier during a vigil on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)
Family, friends and supporters gather outside the home of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier during a vigil on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

A top aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was physically assaulted at a downtown vigil by assailants who also made an anti-Semitic slur.

Vance Henry, Emanuel’s deputy chief of staff, was punched, tackled and kicked on Sunday evening at the event for two people who were shot and killed over the weekend by Chicago police officers, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

It is believed the anti-Semitic remarks were directed at Emanuel, who is Jewish but was not at the vigil. Henry is black. The newspaper did not say what the slur was.

“What are you doing here, you should be downtown doing something about this,” one of the assailants reportedly said. The same man also said that “the police are killing us,” according to the report.

Emanuel reportedly was scheduled to return early from a family vacation to Cuba to deal with the situation.

Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, were killed by officers responding to a domestic disturbance call on Saturday, the Tribune reported.

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