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The city has announced that Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney will be retiring from the department as of Jan. 20, 2012.
Finney's credibility has been significantly undermined since being one of two officers present on Oct. 9, 2009 when Kiwane Carrington, a black 15 year-old, was shot and killed by a police bullet.
However City Manager Steve Carter may spin this news, it must be acknowledged that Finney's retiring comes after sustained community pressure over the past two years. This resulted in the election of a new Mayor and has now led to Finney's not-so-graceful exit.