Read Our Comments on Chicago's Proposed Consent Decree
In September, the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the City of Chicago filed a draft Consent Decree with a federal judge. The agreement outlines systemic reforms of the Chicago Police Department that aim to address a history of abuses, including excessive use of force and discriminatory policing practices.
After our own analysis, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights submitted our comments on the Consent Decree to the federal court last Friday.
Here’s a summary of our main points:
We support the entry of this Consent Decree. Although we advocated for certain terms and provisions that are not fully reflected in the final draft, we respect the process and recognize that it is now time to move forward with implementation and enforcement.
Communities that have been most impacted by police abuses must be meaningfully engaged in the process if police reform is to be successful.
Through the Consent Decree’s structured process for monitoring and enforcement, we fully intend to engage with the Independent Monitor and the Office of the Inspector General on specific areas which include:
Strenthening Community Involvement in Enforcement
Transparency and Public Accessibility to Data Collection
Accountability and Oversight Systems for Police Misconduct
Our support for moving forward with the Consent Decree comes with the recognition that, through whatever mechanisms available, the Consent Decree must be strengthened in ways that builds trust and accountability to communities that have borne the brunt of historic police abuses through “affirmative measures to demonstrate its dedication to treating the residents of these neighborhoods fairly.”