City releases ‘progress report’ on police reforms

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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