Chicago Alderman Says New Police Oversight Agency Isn’t An Ordinance He Can Vote On

Chicago Alderman Says New Police Oversight Agency Isn’t An Ordinance He Can Vote On

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Plans are unfolding for the new Chicago police oversight agency. 14th ward alderman Ed Burke says the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, should have ex-officers on board. A move Burke says would help with complicated investigations. Ex-police officers will not be part of the COPA. The ordinance was approved earlier this month by a solid city council majority. Burke stepped out of council chambers during the vote.