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Record #: SO2019-8058   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/16/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Title 2 by adding new Chapter 2-83 to establish Civilian Police Accountability Council, amending Chapters 2-78 and 2-84, including repeal of Article IV at Chapter 2-84
Sponsors: Hairston, Leslie A., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Taylor, Jeanette B. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Maldonado, Roberto, La Spata, Daniel , Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Hadden, Maria E. , Mitts, Emma, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Rodriguez, Michael D., Martin, Matthew J. , Brookins, Jr., Howard, Coleman, Stephanie D. , Lopez, Raymond A., Harris, Michelle A., Beale, Anthony
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 83 Civilian Police Accountability Council
Attachments: 1. SO2019-8058.pdf, 2. O2019-8058.pdf
Related files: R2023-766

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago (the "City") is a home rule municipality as described in the Constitution ofthe State of Illinois, Article VII, Section 6(a);

WHEREAS, the Police Accountability Task Force ("PATF") recommended, in April of 2016, the creation of a police oversight board and stated in its recommendations the following:

"A coalition of community groups has proposed the creation of a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to establish direct community oversight over CPD. The proposal here strives to honor the principles established by CRAC. We recommend that, as soon as possible, the City Council hold public hearings with the goal of developing the specific details of the Board—based on direction of the community—and selection of the Board members within 90 days ofthe start of the hearing. Among the issues, these hearings should address:
The role and responsibilities of the Board.
The selection of those involved in the Board, including, but not limited to, the feasibility of electing representatives to fill certain roles.
The staff and resources that will be made available to the Board.";

WHEREAS, in January of 2017, the United States Department of Justice found that "Chicago's deficient accountability systems contribute to CPD's pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct";

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2019, the City entered into a Consent Decree outlining substantial court-mandated changes to the policies and conduct of the Department;

WHEREAS, the City has missed over 70% of deadlines outlined in the Consent Decree;

WHEREAS, a mass movement has taken shape in the streets of Chicago, demanding democratic community control ofthe police through the creation of a Civilian Police Accountability Council, and demanding the reallocation of funds spent on policing;

WHEREAS, the City created a Community Working Group to Review Department Use of Force Policies, and the group made 155 recommendations to the C...

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