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Record #: SO2019-4132   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 6/12/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Title 2 by adding new Chapter 2-80 entitled "Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability" and amending Chapters 2-78 and 2-84 [Revisions - May 21, 2021]
Sponsors: Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, La Spata, Daniel , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Lopez, Raymond A., Martin, Matthew J. , Mitts, Emma, Hadden, Maria E. , Rodriguez, Michael D., Cappleman, James
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 78 Civilian Office of Police Accountability, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 80 Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
Attachments: 1. Remove sponsorMay 21sub.june17.pd, 2. SO2019-4132.pdf, 3. SO2019-4132 (V1).pdf, 4. O2019-4132.pdf

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule municipality as described in Article VII, Section 6(a) of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois, and as such may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and

WHEREAS, The City established by ordinance at Chapter 2-84 of the Municipal Code of Chicago a Department of Police ("CPD") to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents; and

WHEREAS, Pursuant to 65 ILCS 5/3.1-30-5(a), the Mayor is authorized to appoint, with the advice and consent of the City Council, officers necessary to carry into effect the powers conferred upon municipalities, which, pursuant to Article VII, Section 6(a) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, include the power to regulate for the protection of the public health and safety; and

WHEREAS, The Police Accountability Task Force called for creation of a "Community Safety Oversight Board," "comprised entirely of community residents," with "power to oversee CPD, the new CPIA [now the Civilian Office of Police Accountability] and all police oversight mechanisms," and specified that "The Community Board would ensure that ... all components of the police oversight system are held fully accountable, operate with maximum transparency and perform their roles in a manner that is informed by community needs"; and

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Justice concluded that "Chicago's deficient accountability systems contribute to CPD's pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct" and "[i]t has never been more important to rebuild trust for the police within Chicago's neighborhoods most challenged by violence, poverty, and unemployment," and that "Chicago must undergo broad, fundamental reform to restore this trust," which "will benefit both the public and CPD's own officers," and "is necessary to solve and prevent violent crime"; and

WHEREAS, Research indicates that public participation in the det...

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