At Issue: Emanuel Defends Delays In Police Consent Decree

Craig Dellimore
September 06, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, Mayor Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (WBBM Newsradio)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Emanuel Administration has formally agreed to a federal consent decree requirement that police officers make a report whenever they point their weapons at someone.

Now, Mayor Emanuel is downplaying the perception that the dispute delayed the larger agreement.

For a month or so, the reporting requirement for drawn weapons was a sticking point between the city and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. But, Emanuel notes the city agreed to hundreds of other issues and even made some reforms early.

Emanuel still sees potential problems with the rule, which he says may make officers hesitate to pull their guns.  

He cites the example of a police officer who suffered brain damage after she was attacked by a man high on PCP. The officer later explained she was afraid of becoming the next cop to appear in a viral police-shooting video.

Mayor Emanuel is the guest on “At Issue,” airing 9:30 a.m. Sunday. He also talks about his decision not to seek re-election.