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Record #: R2017-125   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 2/22/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
Final action:
Title: Call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to publicly endorse reforms to police union collective bargaining agreements
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T., Dowell, Pat, King, Sophia D., Harris, Michelle A., Mitchell, Gregory I., Hairston, Leslie A., Beale, Anthony, Foulkes, Toni, Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., Cochran, Willie, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Scott, Jr. Michael, Ervin, Jason C., Taliaferro, Chris, Austin, Carrie M., Mitts, Emma, Waguespack, Scott, Munoz, Ricardo, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Mell, Deborah
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2017-125.pdf
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WHEREAS, The Chicago Police Department has acted in a manner that has damaged the trust given to it by millions of Chicago residents; and

WHEREAS, The Police Accountability Task Force appointed by Mayor Emanuel found that African-Americans were disproportionately stopped, injured, and killed by Chicago Police Officers; and

WHEREAS, The Police Accountability Task Force made over 100. recommendations, specifically citing lack of accountability as a critical area that needed to be addressed; and

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Justice found that the Chicago Police Department "engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force - including deadly force - in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution"; and

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Justice found that excessive force was used disproportionally on communities of color; and

WHEREAS, Both the United States Department of Justice and the Police Accountability Task Force recommended reforming the collective bargaining agreements between the police unions and the City of Chicago since they contributed to the lack of accountability; and

WHEREAS, The police union collective bargaining agreement for Sergeants, Captains, and Lieutenants is currently being negotiated; and

WHEREAS, The agreement, as currently written, makes it easy for officers to lie, and difficult for misconduct to be identified or investigated; and

WHEREAS, The Coalition for Accountability in Police Contracts has made specific recommendations to reform the agreements, which include recommendations made by the Police Accountability Task Force; and

WHEREAS, Many communities, particularly African-American communities, demand that police officers that cross the line are held accountable; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, assembled this twenty-second day of February, 2017, do hereby:

(1) Call upon Mayor Rahm Emanuel to publicly endorse the fol...

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