Our focus on increasing police accountability in Chicago will continue with three initiatives: (1) Collaboration with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) to establish independent community oversight of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) through the passage of a city ordinance; (2) Partnership with the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) to demand changes to the police union contracts currently being negotiated, providing greater accountability; and (3) Supporting the work of court enforced oversight.
CRS has joined a coalition of community, policy advocacy, and civil rights organizations who share concerns on the barriers to police accountability codified in the City of Chicago’s contracts with the police unions. Our coalition has drafted recommendations to reform these contracts and increase police accountability. This coalition will be working to pressure the Mayor and aldermen to bargain for contracts that include the reform recommendations presented by our coalition.
CPCA in the news:
- How Chicago's Police Union Contract Ensures Abuses Remain in the Shadows
In Theses Times, By Adeshina Emmanuel, June 26, 2017 | July Issue
- Emanuel’s Resistance To Engagement On Police Reform Is Hurting His Cause
The Daily Line, By Mike Fourcher, July 1, 2017
- Community groups call for changes to FOP contract as "critical step" to police reform in Chicago
- Coalition urges City to commit to police contract reforms after Mayor Emanuel proposes “independent monitor”
- CRS’ FAIR COPS Culminates with Confirmation of Chicago’s First Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety
Lawsuit to Ensure Court Oversight of Reform for the Chicago Police Department
Community Renewal Society is committed to police accountability and reform that centers on the needs of those most directly impacted by police misconduct. This is why we have partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, Communities United, Equip for Equality, One Northside, and Next Steps to file a federal lawsuit demanding participation of impacted community groups in the reform of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).