CHICAGO — Today, the task force recommended that Chicago Police release video and audio of police-involved shootings no more than two months after an incident.
This would be a big change.
The old policy was basically to release video or audio on a case-by-case basis.
And it usually took a judge’s order or a request from the media or a citizen.
The dashcam video in the Laquan McDonald case was released 13 months after the shooting, and only after independent investigators asked for information.
This timeline would also apply to 911 tapes, police radio calls, dispatch recordings, dashcam video and audio and body camera videos.
In addition, arrests reports, original incident reports, or officer battery reports would also be made public.
In some instances, law enforcement would be able to request a delay of additional 30 days.
So how would all these materials be released?
Well, the task force wants the city to create a website where all of this information would be posted.
This afternoon we spoke with Sergio Acosta, the co-chair of the task force, who told us he thinks this policy will help build great trust between police and the community.
“There’s been a lot of distrust between the community and the police department and the city in part because these types of events have been handled on a case by case basis so we do think we are addressing those concerns by having a policy that brings some clarity to the issues and sets firm deadlines,” he said.
In a statement, Mayor Emanuel embraced the task force’s recommendations and said he will work to make the 60-day policy the rule going forward.