Lightfoot, FOP Clash At Forum On Police Consent Decree

Andy Dahn
September 06, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Chicago Police squad car

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Shortly after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Emanuel announced an agreement regarding a controversial addition to a set of reforms for the Chicago Police Department, some local leaders weighed the pros and cons in a panel discussion.

Former Police Board president and mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot supports requiring officers to document whenever they point a firearm at someone, and said not doing so exposes the city to liability.

"The notion that this will be provide a disincentive to officers to pull their gun when their life is in danger or the life of another is in danger, I just think that's nonsense,” she said.

But the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Kevin Graham, doesn't see it that way.

"I don't think you see the officers that come in with their serious injuries," Graham said. "Put yourself in my spot for a minute, I think you'd see something very different. I certainly don't want to see officers killed because they're hesitant."

During their panel discussion, Lightfoot stressed that the consent decree alone won't solve the city's problems.

"We really need to get to a point where line officers believe that respectful, constitutional engagement with members of the public is the most powerful tool they have," Lightfoot said.

"Without bridging that divide so that people all over the city truly believe that public safety is available to them, we can have the best document in the world but it's not going to change hearts and minds."

Graham said he has several issues with the proposal, and that more restrictions on police may prove to be counterproductive.

"These officers have rights. This consent decree wants to address everybody's rights in the city except the men and women who are going out there and putting their lives on the line every single day."