What Will Happen If the IPRA Releases Evidence On Police Actions?

The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) plans soon to release evidence of Chicago police shootings and misconducts.

Many Chicago residents are worried that this summer will be full of violence between cops and community members as the IPRA, which investigates allegations of police shootings and misconducts, plans to soon release audios, 911 calls and dashboard cam videos of police shootings over the past years.

The police department lost trust of community members since the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke. They held of the video of Officer Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times until they were forced to release it.

In April 2016, a police-reform task force gave an exclusive investigation report on the Chicago police department, noting that “the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.” They suggested that the city released videos of police shootings with 60 days of incidents.

Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, said “this is an official report that finally acknowledges the reality of racism in Chicago and the lack of police accountability, unchecked patterns of abuse and violence”.

Releasing these video footages might be a leading solution to police reform, but will they be honest enough to expose their guilty cops?

A Chicago Rev. Corey Brooks fears that the city will be of violence if justice is not served for families of victims. Brooks said, “If something doesn’t happen, I fear that we’re potentially looking at one of the worst summers we’ve ever had.”

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