Police Reformers Demand More Civilian Oversight Of CPD

Craig Dellimore
September 20, 2018 - 6:15 pm

Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, speaks at a news conference Thursday. (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Community activists and more than a dozen Chicago aldermen are calling for creation of a civilian oversight panel that was promised as a companion to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Groups with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability point out that Mayor Emanuel promised that civilian oversight would be part of police reform in Chicago. 

Sixth Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer, chairman of the city council’s Black Caucus, said the grassroots organization has developed an ordinance to create that oversight panel.

“The city deserves a police force well-trained and accountable to all Chicagoans, that are committed to justice,” Sawyer said Thursday.

The murder trial of Jason Van Dyke in the 2014 fatal shooting of teen Laquan McDonald helped put the issue top of mind.

Mayor Emanuel says he’s not backing away from his commitment to civilian oversight on Chicago police reform. He said COPA, the Police Board, the Inspector General and a federal monitor will all help ensure the police department is under scrutiny.