CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s new police superintendent say the city will immediately implement about a third of the recommendations made last week by a police accountability task force.
“I consider them the first step and not the last step,” Emanuel said.
The mayor sat for an interview with WGN, along with Supt. Eddie Johnson, to discuss the immediate changes taking place within the Chicago Police Department, including faster investigations into police misconduct allegations, new guidelines for disciplining officers and training more 911 operators and officers on how to deal with people who have mental health issues.
But not all of the task force’s recommendations are being implemented. Things like getting rid of the Independent Police Review Authority and creating a Police Inspector General and community oversight board as well as a reconciliation process are being set aside for now. The mayor says he wants to want until the Justice Department finishes its probe before making any major changes
“We’re not going to stay with what we have today, the exact are details of it is something that we’re gonna do, but when we do it, it’s going to be comprehensive, it will be systematic, it will be structural,” Emanuel said.
“I’m determined before I leave this seat to ensure that CPD and the City of Chicago is in a much better shape than when i got here,” Johnson said.