Chicago Committee meeting on police accountability

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago committee is discussing the future of its police department.

Tuesday's joint meeting includes committees on police accountability, public safety, and human relations.

The agenda covers a call for re-asserting need for examination of police practices and procedures, a call for a public hearing concerning the Laquan McDonald case, a call for appointing a special prosecutor to represent Cook County in the case against officer Jason Van Dyke, and a call for a hearing on police task force accountability.

The meeting was scheduled months ago, but it comes after police superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired following the investigation of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

McCarthy was fired after video of the shooting didn't match what was described in police reports.

Officer Van Dyke posted bail after he was charged with murder.

He shot McDonald 16 times when he responded to a call on October 20, 2014.

No other officer fired a shot.

The police video of the shooting wasn't released until over a year later.

There is widespread criticism over the handling of the McDonald Case.

The joint council committee hearing aims to root out what went wrong, calling for testimony from the Chicago Police Department, Cook County state's attorney's office, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Independent Police Review Board and a Northwestern University law professor.
The joint committee members will also need to work out how efforts will fit in with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly formed task force on police accountability.
That task force  was announced the same day McCarthy was fired.
The chairman of the Public Safety Committee has said that actual policy changes are needed.