FAIR COPS: Hold Chicago Police Accountable

Last week, the video of black teenager LaQuan McDonald being shot 16 times by white Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shook Chicago to its core. 

It is too late to save LaQuan’s life, but you can take action now to stop more lives from being taken by violent police officers. Tell your alderman to support the FAIR COPS Ordinance.

What happened to LaQuan McDonald is not the result of a single bad police officer—it is a consequence of a broken system. Yet Mayor Emanuel and the political leaders of Chicago refuse to take action to fix Chicago’s broken system of police accountability. 

The system is intentionally designed to protect abusive police officers who continue to torment our communities:

  • Over the last five years, the Chicago Police Department killed more civilians than any other police department in the country—yet not a single officer has ever been fired for an unjustified shooting;
  • The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), the primary agency responsible for holding police accountable, recommended discipline for a meager 128 officers out of more than 10,000 complaints of excessive force; and
  • In the rare cases that IPRA and the Superintendent agree that a police officer should be fired, the Police Board has overruled this recommendation and allowed an officer to return to duty more than half of the time. 

Tomorrow, Community Renewal Society will introduce the FAIR COPS (Freedom through Accountability, Investigation and Reform for Community Oversight of Policing Services) Ordinance, which would create a Police Auditor Office. The Police Auditor would have legitimate independence and authority to inspect the entire system of policing for patterns of misconduct, order the investigation of specific cases of police abuse, and implement policy changes that would make police more accountable to our communities.

Join Community Renewal Society's faith leaders tomorrow—Tuesday, December 1—on the 5th Floor of City Hall at 12pm to call upon the Mayor and the City Council to immediately pass the FAIR COPS Ordinance.

It is too late to save LaQuan’s life, but you can take action now to stop more lives from being taken by violent police officers. Tell your alderman to support the FAIR COPS Ordinance.

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