Inspector General Finds Failings In IPRA Reporting On Police Shootings

Sharon Fairley
Sharon Fairley, the head of the Independent Police Review Authority. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Sharon Fairley
Sharon Fairley, the head of the Independent Police Review Authority. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Inspector General Finds Failings In IPRA Reporting On Police Shootings

Chicago’s inspector general says public reporting by the Independent Police Review Authority was inaccurate and incomplete in the years before 2015. 

In particular, IPRA did not tell the public about 49 instances when an officer fired but did not hit anyone. In six of those instances, the agency did not investigate the shooting at all. 

In a written response, the Independent Police Review Authority’s new Chief Administrator, Sharon Fairley, pins the blame on the Chicago Police Department. 

In the six un-examined shootings, Fairley says the police never notified her agency.

Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him @pksmid.