IL: Civilian oversight plan for Chicago police narrowly advances; union boss whines

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Chicago is on the cusp of a new era of civilian police oversight in which citizens would get much more input than they have now, but resulting rules would give a strong mayor lots of power to keep setting Police Department policies and picking who serves as police superintendent. After two hours of heated debate, the City Council Public Safety Committee on Tuesday evening advanced a compromise ordinance backed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and grassroots police activists …. The full City Council will consider the package Wednesday. … Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara during public comment at the beginning of the meeting listed six agencies he said already have ample oversight over the Chicago Police Department. Passing the ordinance would mean turning oversight over to ‘the squeaky wheels who made this city into anarchy last summer.'” (07/20/21)