City releases ‘progress report’ on police reforms
CHICAGO — The City of Chicago released a “progress report” on the wide range of police reforms implemented in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting and a national conversation about the use of force and policing generally.
“Rebuilding trust between police and the communities they serve is essential for improving public safety,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
Here are some of the reforms mentioned in the report:
- Creation of a new Bureau of Professional Standards responsible for implementing reform
- Updates to CPD’s use of force policies (that are available for public comment until Dec. 5)
- Updated scenario-based training and all CPD officers now carry Tasers
- Every CPD patrol officer will be equipped with a body camera by the end of 2018
- Info on police shootings will be released within 60 days
- Established the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and promises to work with City Council to create a Community Oversight Board
- Revamping police recruitment to promote diversity
- Various improvements to better handle mental health-related calls