In Depth: The Future Of the Chicago Police Department

WBBM Newsradio Staff
December 04, 2019 - 6:00 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Police Department is in major transition. 

The retiring superintendent, Eddie Johnson, was fired Dec. 2 by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will hold down the fort while Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Board select the city's next top cop. Meantime, the department is under a consent decree to adopt a number of reforms, after years of alleged abuses.

This churn provides the focus of this edition of "In Depth," a new podcast from WBBM Newsradio that examines topics in a longer format.

Joining host Cisco Cotto is Political Editor Craig Dellimore, who has observed the tumult at City Hall, and Phil Cline, a former Chicago police superintendent under Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Cline says rank-and-file officers may prefer that someone from within CPD ascend to the top spot. But he added members will continue to do their duty, regardless of the politics.

"The average cop is going to go out there and do his job," Cline said.

Next week: the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois.