Chicago Police Board

Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — Just months after its inception, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is already severely handicapped. With a budget that is over $1 million short, a chief administrator vacancy, and a huge backlog of cases, COPA is facing an uphill battle. Mayor Rahm Emanuel named 18 individuals to be added Read more about Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands[…]

Chicago Residents Gather at October Police Board Meeting to Remember Laquan McDonald

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — “Laquan McDonald was a young black man who was killed by the police! And we gonna fight all day and night until he rests in peace!” Outside Chicago Police Headquarters, Thursday, a crowd of close to two hundred repeatedly and lyrically chanted the mantra, with increasing fervor.  They were there to observe Read more about Chicago Residents Gather at October Police Board Meeting to Remember Laquan McDonald[…]

Chicago, Meet COPA — A Brand New Police Accountability Agency

By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — With the nation’s eye focused on Chicago, Mayor Emmanuel has been forced to make some changes.  After receiving help from former Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley, COPA — Civilian Office of Police Accountability — has officially launched. Although COPA is off the ground, there are many residents that still don’t fully Read more about Chicago, Meet COPA — A Brand New Police Accountability Agency[…]

Mayor rudderless on police reform

Mr. Mayor, where is your plan? The 13-month Department of Justice investigation is complete and the report is in. They lay out 99 recommendations for improving policing in Chicago. The DOJ report follows the report of your own Police Accountability Task Force with its own set of 126 recommendations. Some of those you’ve tried to Read more about Mayor rudderless on police reform[…]

Police Lights

CJP’s Take on Creation of COPA and Public Safety Inspector General

Last week, the City of Chicago passed the most comprehensive change to the police accountability system since at least 1960, if not ever. The new ordinance created the Civilian Office for Police Accountability, a new group tasked with the investigation of civilian complaints against Chicago Police officers, overseen by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Read more about CJP’s Take on Creation of COPA and Public Safety Inspector General[…]