Judge OKs Consent Decree For CPD

Steve Miller
January 31, 2019 - 3:30 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A federal judge has approved a consent decree aimed at reforming the Chicago Police Department.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan started the process by suing the city of Chicago and alleging police used undue force, deprived people of their rights and engaged in a pattern or practice of racial discrimination.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow approved the consent decree, saying,  "The court is under no illusion that this will be an easy process."

Now, a monitor will be appointed and approved by the court no later than March 1.

A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police said it was a “dark day for Cihcago.”

Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson released a joint statement, endorsing the measure.

"This is a historic day for Chicago and a step towards significant, lasting change. This agreement builds on the strength of the reforms underway at the Chicago Police Department today, ensures there are no U-turns on that road to reform,” they said.