More Civilian Oversight For CPD Debated

Craig Dellimore
January 23, 2020 - 8:11 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Aldermen are working through differences and doubts about proposals for a civilian oversight board for the Chicago Police Department.

A key Committee chairman hopes a compromise is near.

Most community activists who spoke at a Public Safety Committee hearing Thursday said they want an elected civilian police oversight commission.

Chair Chris Taliaferro said he supports that concept or a penal that would be partly appointed by the mayor.

Ald. Patrick Thompson of the 11th Ward wondered aloud whether Chicago needs another panel looking over police policies and procedures, given that there is a police board; an Inspector General and a Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Experts like Barry Friedman, with the NYU Law School’s Policing Project, told aldermen that well-crafted civilian oversight is vital. He said he hopes something can be in place before a new police superintendent is selected.

Taliaferro said a compromise may be near.