City of Chicago holds meetings on police accountability

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CHICAGO -- The City of Chicago is taking input from the community on police accountability and the future of the Independent Police Review Authority.

The city council's subcommittee on police accountability hearing got under way at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Aldermen hope to get enough community input to put together a police accountability ordinance to introduce at September's City Council meeting.

At a community input meeting in East Garfield Park Wednesday night, they got an earful.

Community members described IPRA as a temporary organization designed to take the heat for Chicago police.

They also want reforms to the contract between the city and the police union.

Aldermen are looking to replace IPRA with a new investigative agency that they hope will be able to build credibility and trust in the community.

Both credibility and trust in the police accountability have suffered considerably in light of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

This week, part of Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson's blistering report on the police department's handling of the case leaked out.

In the report, he recommends the department fire or discipline at least ten officer for covering up or mishandling the investigation.

Deputy Chief David McNaughton retired before the report was released. McNaughton had signed off  on the initial police report including former officer Jason Van Dyke's claim that McDonald was coming at him and other officers in a threatening manner, something the video later revealed was not the case.

"I think it's very important to bring a level of transparency to the police department because I think that transparency builds trust and confidence, not only in the oversight, but also in the cultures and values of the police department in serving," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel also says it's important to build trust not only for the sake of building trust but also to fight crime.


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