The Police Accountability Collaborative

In January of 2016, in the aftermath of the release of the videotape showing teenager Laquan McDonald being shot to death by police officers on the west side, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights convened a meeting of more than twenty civil rights and community organizations to discuss a collective response to the unfolding crisis in our city. What resulted was the Police Accountability Collaborative, a coalition of leading civil rights organizations and policy groups that advance police accountability and transparency to improve police practices and restore trust between police and the communities they serve. 

Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA)

Chicago Lawyers' Committee is a member of the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability, a group of community, policy, and civil rights organizations taking action to ensure police accountability in Chicago by eliminating the barriers written into the City's agreements with police unions. Both the Mayor's Police Accountability Task Force and the Department of Justice have found that provisions written into these contracts give Chicago police officers rights and privileges that foster misconduct and codify a code of silence. Organizations can read and endorse CPCA's 14 recommendations for contracts reform here.

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Police Board President and former head of the Police Accountability Task Force Lori Lightfoot speaking at a press conference about reforming the Chicago Police Department.

Police Board President and former head of the Police Accountability Task Force Lori Lightfoot speaking at a press conference about reforming the Chicago Police Department.