Across the nation, local governments are trying to reconcile the relationship between the community members and the police. Since the death of George Floyd, protests have given way to policy changes in several cities. The Minneapolis board of education ended its contract with police, and so did officials in Denver.
But, a similar effort here in Chicago was sent to legislative purgatory during the last City Council meeting. Chicago public schools currently has a $33 million contract with CPD, and advocates want that money to be re-allocated to direct education efforts. Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposes the measure, claiming it’s just a matter of keeping schools safe.
Political Report is joined by Ald. Rod Sawyer, who is sponsoring the ordinance, and Caleb Reed, a CPS student and leader at Voices of Youth in Chicago Education.