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Record #: O2019-4132   
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 2-82 entitled "Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability"
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T., Osterman, Harry, Ervin, Jason C., Hadden, Maria E. , Cappleman, James, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Moore, David H., Martin, Matthew J. , Coleman, Stephanie D. , Lopez, Raymond A., Silverstein, Debra L., Dowell, Pat, Harris, Michelle A., King, Sophia D., Mitchell, Gregory I., Burnett, Jr., Walter, La Spata, Daniel , Mitts, Emma, Austin, Carrie M., Waguespack, Scott, Scott, Jr. Michael, Hairston, Leslie A., Rodriguez, Michael D., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Curtis, Derrick G., Smith, Michele, Tunney, Thomas, Cardenas, George A., Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 82 Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
Attachments: 1. O2019-4132.pdf
Public Safety


WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule municipality as described in Section 6(a), Article VII 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 to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City; and

WHEREAS, the Police Accountability Task Force called for creation of a "Community ft 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 "It 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 determination of police department policy helps to build trust in the police department; and

WHEREAS, people who trust the police department are more likely to cooperate with the police department, and public cooperation with the police department helps to reduce and solve crime;

WHEREAS, this ordinance establishes a Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability for the purposes of increasing public safety, ensuring that Chicago Police Department activities are directed toward maximi...

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