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Record #: SO2020-3999   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 9/9/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Finance; Public Safety
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-56 by adding new Section 2-56-235 to require Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety to publish public database of closed complaints against police (as of May 24. 2021)
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Taliaferro, Chris, Martin, Matthew J.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 56 Office of Inspector General
Attachments: 1. SO2020-3999.May24,2021, 2. SO2020-3999.pdf, 3. O2020-3999.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
Substitute Ordinance
Whereas, providing easy access to police disciplinary records would enlighten the public and aid in restoring faith in our police force; and
Whereas, the consent decree between the City of Chicago and State of Illinois makes clear that that there are serious flaws in the City's police accountability systems that have resulted in violations of Constitutional rights, especially among people of color; and
Whereas, pursuant to the Freedom of Infonnation Act and City of Chicago public policy, it is an obligation of the City to operate openly and provide access to public records as expediently and efficiently as possible; and
Whereas, a publicly available resource for information about closed investigations into allegations of police misconduct will not only provide valuable infonnation to the public but also reduce the work and cost required for the City of Chicago to comply with many of its Freedom of Information Act obligations; and
Whereas, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General and the Public Safety Inspector General have undertaken preliminary research and assessment of historical Chicago Police Department disciplinary record systems; and
Whereas, the technical requirements for the building and maintenance of a public database of closed complaints of police misconduct as set forth in this ordinance falls under the scope of work of the Public Safety Inspector General, and will create additional transparency and accountability; now, therefore

Section 1 - Chapter 2-56 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is amended inserting the new Section 2-56-235 as follows:

2-56-235 Public Repository of Closed Police Disciplinary Investigations

(a) For purposes of this section, "finalized investigation" means an investigation
of allegations of misconduct against a sworn member ofthe Police Department which has either:
reached a final disciplinary decision, which here means the final d...

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