CHICAGO — The ACLU of Illinois slammed the Chicago Police Department’s rejection of 150 out of 155 community working group suggestions on Friday.
NPR station WBEZ reported that the CPD only accepted five of the recommendations made by a community working group that was formed after the George Floyd Rebellion at the start of summer. The 34 members had activists, civil rights leaders and politicians and met for three hours every week. After the CPD rejection of most of the recommendations, members called the process a “sham.”
Rachel Murphy, Police Practices Project Staff Attorney with ACLU of Illinois, condemned the CPD’s action.
“It is unacceptable that, yet again, the Chicago Police Department ignored the voice of community members in the process of bringing real change to the City’s broken policing system,” she said. “Excessive use of force by police has killed and harmed people across the City and cost millions of dollars to taxpayers over many years. After years of abuse, CPD cannot be trusted to fix this policy on its own.
“As Mayor Lightfoot and Superintendent Brown both stated, the purpose of the Use of Force Community Working Group was to bring community members to the table to partner with CPD in revising and improving use of force policies. We were proud to serve with many members from neighborhoods and organizations across Chicago, whose range of lived experience and professional expertise resulted in a comprehensive set of recommendations to dramatically reform when and how CPD officers can use force.”