Chicago Police Department Lawsuit & Consent Decree
On January 31, Federal Judge Robert Dow approved the final version of the consent decree established for reforming policing in the City of Chicago. At that time, the last step in making the decree active was in the selection of the independent monitor, the entity charged with the actual implementation of the requirements set forth by the decree. On March 4, the independent monitor was selected, signifying the official start of the implementation phase.
Our work is cut out for us: over the next five to eight years, CRS and our lawsuit partners will be tasked with ensuring that the independent monitor does its job effectively while monitoring the Chicago Police Department during the process. However, we’ve made a major mark in history by creating the first federally enforced consent decree without the Department of Justice while ensuring that we have the power to directly file a motion with the court, should the police not maintain compliance with the decree.