CHICAGO -- A new report from the Police Accountability Task Force was released today.
Citing statistics of police involved shootings and traffic stops, the report says plainly that racism is partly to blame for the current state of the department. The report calls for sweeping changes to empower the community and address police accountability and training.
The Mayor’s handpicked Police Accountability Taskforce started working on the report in December following public outrage after the court-ordered release of the Laquan McDonald dashcam video. The former head of the Independent Police Review authority was one of the first casualties in the fallout and Mayor Emanuel appointed by Sharon Fairley the new chief. But the taskforce says IPRA is broken beyond repair and should be replaced with the Civilian Police Investigative agency.
Another key recommendation calls for changes to the police unions’ collective bargaining agreements
Other recommendations include:
- Creating a Community Safety Oversight Board
- Replacing the underfunded CAPS program
- Creating an Inspector General for Public Safety and a Deputy Chief of Diversity and Inclusion.
Even though the Dept of Justice is still investigating CPD, taskforce members say the mayor should not wait to act.
The taskforce met with the mayor to talk more about the recommendations late this afternoon.