|#ChiPAC: Chicago Police Accountability Council:|
Televise the hearings!
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The task force report is loud and clear: policing in Chicago is plagued by systemic racism, and one essential change is the creation of a "civilian police investigative agency."
|#ChiPAC: It's time!|
I told MY alderman we need an all-elected
Civilian Police Accountability Council for Chicago!
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A key question is whether the new agency will be democratically elected. I think people need to have their eyes open when they agree to implement an elected agency or council to handle police accountability. I think hearings will help make it clear just how widespread the demand for an elected body is, how many qualified people there are who would be willing to step forward and participate, and how important it is to have full community support and involvement in order to begin to reverse the accumulated factors that add up to institutionalized racism.
|READ: "How Chicago's 'Fraternal Order of Propaganda' shapes|
the story of fatal police shootings" in the Chicago Reader.
Do you have any doubt that this is a job for City Council? Rahm Emanuel's statement in connection with this story makes it clearer than ever that he just doesn't get it: "I don’t really think you need a task force to know that we have racism in America, we have racism in Illinois, or that there’s racism that exists in the city of Chicago and obviously could be in our department." Chicago City Council: do YOU get it?
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