Report on Public Safety Committee

Our report on the agenda of the Chicago City Council Committee on Public Safety reveals damning truths about just how useless this committee has been on the topics of policing and police accountability over the last 20 years. This incredibly comprehensive report looked at 489 agenda items of 186 meetings over 20 years from 2000 through July 2020.

Our report leaves the members of this committee no room to wiggle out responsibility for their lack of interest in regulating the one department in the City of Chicago that is costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year in settlements and judgments for misconduct each year. Instead the alderpeople have decided to spend as much time in their committee work focusing on donating use police and fire equipment abroad then they have on regulating policing and the police accountability system.

It is a mind blowing abdication of the responsibilities as legislators and members of an oversight committee. It is clear that our report proves that over the last 20 years alderpeople have no desire to take any responsibility for what the police department does on their streets in their communities and uses the police accountability system as a shield to insulate themselves from the repercussions of their lack of action.

In today’s main segment we feature an interview with the author of the report intern Lauren Cole. Lauren is a recent public policy graduate from the University of Chicago and is interning with CJP this summer.

Also on our show today:

  • CJP’s response to Alderman Christopher Taliaferro;s comments about our report in the Sun-Times
  • FOP Watch
  • 15th ward Alderperson Lopez’s Sun-Times
  • FOP Watch
  • 15th ward Alderperson Lopez’s hearing on policing request
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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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