CHICAGO – A public meeting was held Tuesday night with Chicago residents weighing in on plans to disband the Independent Police Review Authority and replace it with a new agency.
Earlier today Mayor Emanuel did not say much about Inspector General Joe Ferguson's report on the department's handling of the Laquan McDonald investigation that's now on the desk of CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
“I won't have much to say on this particular issue until Eddie makes his decision,” Emanuel told reporters.
While not made public yet, Ferguson's report is allegedly critical of at least 10 officers involved in the McDonald matter and
Deputy Chief David McNaughton, who signed off on the matter just one day after the shooting said McDonald was a clear threat to the responding officers including Jason Van Dyke who fired the 16-shots.
Something the video later revealed clearly wasn't the case.
McNaughton retired only days before Ferguson's report was officially delivered.
Fr. Michael Pfleger and Reverend Jesse Jackson attended the meeting and called for complete transparency in the police union and department labor contract negotiations known as the collective-bargaining agreement.
One of the possibilities is that IPRA would be replace with something like an elected public safety director with a staff of investigators.
Also today, the second in command at the department, 1st Deputy Superintendent John Escalante announced he's leaving the CPD to head up the force at Northeastern Illinois University.