CRS member churches came together to affirm our priorities for the “Platform for Renewal 2016-17,” present our annual congregational and partner awards, celebrate campaign victories, celebrate board members whose terms have ended, elect new board members and dialogue about our strategic vision. Father Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Catholic Church and Jaquie Algee of Trinity UCC co-chaired the assembly.
Over two years ago, all eyes were on Ferguson when Mike Brown was murdered by a police officer, while holding his hands up. What happened in Ferguson was not an isolated incident, but a systemic issue within law enforcement agencies across the country.
Wednesday, the Chicago City Council will vote on Mayor Emanuel’s proposed police reform ordinance. The Mayor’s plan directly ignores the needs and demands of our communities. We cannot accept this negligent reform that was crafted without the best interests of our communities in mind.
The FAIR COPS Ordinance would immediately increase police accountability by establishing an Office of Police Auditor to independently monitor patterns of police misconduct, ensure that officers are investigated and held accountable for their actions, and make policy changes that provide meaningful systemic reform. As people of faith, we are called upon to demand justice now.
Update: The Chicago City Council is scheduled to vote on the Mayor's ordinance on Thursday, September 29, 2016. CRS does not endorse the Mayor's ordinance.
The Illinois General Assembly did not take action on several important police accountability bills to remove the sworn affidavit requirement to file a police misconduct complaint and prevent the destruction of police misconduct records.