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Politics Chicago approves creation of new civilian police oversight group

12:01  22 july  2021
12:01  22 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

'Protecting every single resident': Chicago approves new layer of civilian police oversight

  'Protecting every single resident': Chicago approves new layer of civilian police oversight Chicago leaders approved a new layer of civilian police oversight Wedneday after years of protests against police misconduct.The City Council voted 36-13 to pass an ordinance calling for the creation of a seven-member Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. The commission will be comprised of people nominated by three-member councils of Chicago's 22 police districts and appointed by the mayor.

CHICAGO (AP) — After years of protests over law enforcement misconduct, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a panel giving citizens more input on how the city’s police perform its duties. The panel is a compromise between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and activists. The ordinance that passed 36-13 calls for the creation of a seven-member Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability that would comprise people nominated by three-member councils of Chicago ’s 22 police districts. The commission would be able to vote to remove the chief administrator of the Civilian

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police reform advocates on Monday announced they have reached an agreement to establish a new civilian oversight agency for the Chicago Police Department, setting up a City Council vote this week after years of often heated debate. However, the mayor would be able to veto policies established by the commission, which could only be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the City Council. The commission also would have the authority to hire the head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, subject to City Council approval ; and to take a vote of

Chicago's City Council voted 36-13 in favor of creating a new civilian police oversight panel that would provide more power to Chicago residents.

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The move comes in response to renewed calls for police oversight and a Department of Justice review over the killing of Laquan McDonald.

The ordinance establishes a seven-person commission that will be able to draft policy for the Chicago Police Department and recommend candidates for the police superintendent position, police board members, and the head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, according to NBC Chicago.

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A civilian oversight board can’t change the culture of Chicago policing on its own, but it can create space for trust to be rebuilt between communities and police . Restoration of that trust — with citizens more comfortable talking to officers about outlaws in their neighborhoods — is critical in the fight The movement to craft a civilian police oversight board is now 4 years old. Aldermen should pass this ordinance — for the sake of a safer Chicago and a Police Department better connected with the neighborhoods it safeguards. Editorials reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board, as determined by the

The Independent Police Review Authority recently morphed into the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. BGA Policy Manager Rachel Leven explains what that means as the city searches for a new leader to head the new police watchdog agency. Chicago is in the midst of a major reform in police oversight and policing , the last transition being the launch of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). However, not two weeks into its official existence, COPA already is flirting with its first major leadership vacuum.

The commission could vote to remove either the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability or the police superintendent. In the situation of the chief administrator, about two-thirds of the aldermen still have to approve the chief administrator's removal. In the situation of the police superintendent, the mayor can reject or accept the commission's recommendation, the Chicago Tribune reported.


Video: City Council Approves Plan For New Civilian Panel To Oversee CPD (CBS Chicago)

Additionally, three-member councils will be set up in each of the city's 22 police districts.

The commission will go into effect on Jan. 1, according to USA Today, The three-member councils will be elected beginning in February 2023.

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CHICAGO — Aldermen say it seems more likely than ever that Chicago could soon have civilian oversight over its Police Department. Activists have led sit-ins, marches and phone campaigns to demand less funding for and major reforms to the Police Department. One proposal calls for the Members of CPAC would be elected to four-year terms. They would need a minimum of two years of work experience with “ civil rights, activist and organizing groups ” that protect the rights of people who have faced police brutality, according to the legislation. People who have worked to protect minorities

A plan to create a civilian oversight commission over the Chicago Police Department will not advance through a City Council committee Tuesday, amid ongoing negotiations between activists and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over who gets to approve department policy. Chris Taliaferro, 29th, said he will hold the ordinance in committee until his City Council colleagues are comfortable with it and Lightfoot’s office hammers out remaining details with grassroots groups that have been pushing for oversight .

In a statement on Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was "beyond thrilled to give our residents further opportunities to hold those who are sworn to protect and serve them accountable," according to USA Today.

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara had already expressed opposition to the seven-member board and district councils, calling it "useless redundancy" and saying that it could discourage officers from staying in the field because they feel less supported by their city, the Chicago Sun-Times noted.

"Another layer of oversight is just ridiculous. It's only going to make coppers more pissed off because more oversight means, 'You're doing something wrong. You need to be watched because you're not doing something right,'" he said, according to the Sun-Times.

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