In the wake of the Laquan McDonald video being released, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting together a new task force to brainstorm recommendations on police reform and accountability. The five-person group will look into whether the police department handled the Laquan McDonald case properly and how similar police-involved shootings can be avoided in the future.
Hiram Grau, former director of the state police and former CPD deputy superintendent and Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board are a couple of the members appointed by the Mayor. It’s a distinguished group, but what’s missing, according to critics, are voices from communities in Chicago that experience the most crime.
We speak with some community members to hear what problems they’re facing in their neighborhoods and what needs to improve when it comes to the police. We’re joined by Marie Cole, president of the East Garfield Park Consolidated Block Club; Rev. Dr. Mark Robertson, president of Chatham Avalon Park Community Council; and Darryl Smith, president of the Englewood Political Task Force.