The Chicago Justice Project is pressuring City Council to finally approve four police accountability ordinances that would reform the highly criticized department. A study done by the Project has revealed some less-than-ideal conditions inside the department, and has prompted director Tracy Siska to call on police to “do their jobs.”
“We have experienced misconduct and abuse for decades in Chicago with no end. The Laquan McDonald murder didn’t happen in 1980. It happened in 2014. Anthony Alvarez just happened. There’s a long line of misconduct and abuse for a hundred years that the City Council has turned their back on and shirked their responsibility for,” Siska said.
The 4 stalled ordinances include:
- Reforms on search warrants in order to prevent wrong-home raids like the one that forced Anjanette Young to be naked before male police officers.
- Rethinking a database that processes all the complaints to the police department
- A “Police Settlement Transparency Accountability” plan that gives officers the facts before they’re asked to sign off on settlements tied to allegations of police misconduct, as well as a mandate that the Committee on Public Safety meets every month to analyze said settlements and twice a year to discuss police accountability.
- A plan for civilian police oversight endorsed by the Council’s Black, Hispanic and Progressive caucuses
Hopefully in time, these efforts by Chicago officials may be the seed that transforms how laws are enforced in the future of the city and Illinois.
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