Residents voice concerns ahead of formation of Police Accountability Task Force

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CHICAGO – The Police Accountability Task Force was formed as a response to the public uproar over the police killing of Laquan McDonald.

The task force will address several key areas of concern when it comes, but the goal is to hear from residents before making recommendations.

Residents offered both pointed and passionate comments to Chicago’s new Police Accountability Task Force, giving the seven member panel an earful on issues of race, police, and community relations in the aftermath of the killing of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke.

All of the members of the task force were appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

They will address five major community concerns:

  1. Officer identity and video release policies;
  2. De-escalation
  3. Community engagement
  4. Early intervention & personnel concerns
  5. Legal oversight and accountability

Task force chairwoman Lori Lightfoot says the task force has a sincere commitment to making changes on accountability, oversight and training.

"We will not be producing a report and a report on a shelf ... We intend to lay bare some very hard truths, things we haven’t talked about in public before .., put them in writing, and use those as a spring board for what will be coming forth," she said.

This was the first of four public forums to be held this month.

The task force will make its recommendations to the mayor by the end of March.