Chicago Delays Police Reform

Chicago Delays Police Reform

Chicago’s City Council stopped short of changing how to investigate allegations of police misconduct.

Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports.

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There’s one thing Chicago’s mayor and aldermen agree on … police should not police themselves, at least not as much as they do.

The current argument is about where the buck should stop.

Mayor Daley wants to supervise the board that investigate misconduct.

But aldermen want more input, too, so, they delayed a vote.

21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins was one detractor.

Brookins: I think we want a workable statute, one that the public can point to and everybody know that we’re sending a significant message that we want the shenanigans to stop, that we want to quit paying out millions of dollars in judgements to people who’ve been abused by the police and to say we’re serious about this.

Alleged police misconduct has come to a head recently; several alleged police beatings were caught on video.

Today, the city council settled a police-misconduct case for three hundred thousand dollars.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.