Chicago Reformers, Mayor Agree on New Police Oversight Terms

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police reform advocates have reached an agreement that will pave the way for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department after weekend negotiations, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. This would allow a seven-member commission to take a vote of no confidence in the Chicago police super intendent, the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and any Police Board member. This vote of no-confidence by the commission would trigger a vote by the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety within 14 days. Then a full City Council vote would happen at its next monthly meeting.

If two-thirds of aldermen agree, the chief administrator of COPA “shall be removed.” These no-confidence votes would not be binding to the mayor, as they would instead need to respond within 14 days after adoption of the resolution to explain the actions they’ll do in response. The Committee on Public Safety will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday to ratify the agreement, followed by a full City Council vote Wednesday.

One thought on “Chicago Reformers, Mayor Agree on New Police Oversight Terms

  1. No question, an added layer of political bureaucracy is the sure-fire remedy to most intractable public policy issues. Makes you kinda wonder, though, isn’t that what Chicago elected its public officials to do—that is, provide oversight for policing issues?

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