CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to overhaul police oversight faced scrutiny about funding and autonomy at its first public hearing before City Council members.
Emanuel unveiled plans last month to replace the Independent Police Review Authority with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which would have broader powers to investigate misconduct allegations. He also has proposed a deputy inspector general to review department practices.
Aldermen raised concerns Tuesday about no fixed funding level, which could make the office vulnerable to budget cuts, and no provision for the office to hire its attorneys. Also, questions linger about citizen involvement.
The proposal is part of Emanuel’s efforts to rebuild trust following the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald. It comes amid a Department of Justice probe.
A vote is expected Sept. 29.