“The new board will give a voice to Chicago residents whose lives are affected daily by police practices.”
Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced on Friday, May 13, his plans to replace the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), which his very own Police Accountability Task Force describes as “badly broken”, with a Civilian Police Investigation Agency (CPIA) that will give voice to voiceless families affected daily by police brutal practices.
Since the death of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old teen, who was fatally shot 16 times by ex-officer Jason Van Dyke, citizens have called for a system reform in the Chicago police department.
In Mayor Emanuel’s statement on Friday, he wrote, “Almost since its inception, there have been questions about whether the agency performed its work fairly, competently, with rigor and independence. The answer is no. Cases go uninvestigated, the agency lacks resources and IPRA’s findings raise troubling concerns about whether it is biased in favor of police officers. Up until recently, the agency has been run by former law enforcement, who allowed leadership to reverse findings without creating any record of the changes. IPRA has lost the trust of the community, which it cannot function without.”
Mayor Emanuel hopes to propose what he calls “a comprehensive plan to fundamentally reshape our system of police accountability” during a council meeting, which will be held on June 22, 2016.
The question about how effective the new board will function compared to the IPRA is a mystery at the moment. Unless the CPIA consists of members from black communities and Black Lives Matter, else, it’s just the same old system that doesn’t care about how minorities are being marginalized in the society.
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