Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chicago police review board reforms gain steam

After years of resistance, a Chicago alderman's plan to shed more light on the largely secretive work of the city's police discipline review board gained momentum today.Under Ald. Robert Fioretti's proposal, the votes of the nine-member Police Board would have to be posted online within 10 days. The board also would have to list the rationale behind its decisions, as well as the reasons members voted against rulings.

“For far too long the decisions have remained without reasons,” Fioretti, 2nd, told members of the Public Safety Committee at today's hearing. “Two people who were charged with the same offense, one would receive a few days suspension, and the other one could be up to a year, two years.”

“I think it helps restore trust — between our police department and the board, and between our citizens and the board,” the alderman added. He expected the changes to be approved Thursday by the full council and take effect 90 days later.

In addition to disciplining cops, the review board also interviews prospective superintendents and provides the mayor with three potential candidates when the office is vacant.
Another way to follow the activities of our city's police department!

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