ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN & CITY OF CHICAGO SET SCHEDULE FOR SELECTING INDEPENDENT MONITOR AND ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON CONSENT DECREE
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced details for selecting an independent monitor who will oversee the implementation of the consent decree to reform the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. has also announced an upcoming fairness hearing in federal court which will allow for the public to provide additional feedback on the proposed consent decree.
Independent Monitor Selection Process
“The public continues to play a critical role in reaching a final consent decree and providing feedback on an independent monitor that will oversee lasting reform of the Chicago Police Department,” Madigan said. “We look forward to gathering additional input from Chicago’s community members on these important parts of the process.”
“The voices and values of Chicagoans are reflected in the draft consent decree, and we look forward to continued public input as we take the next steps down the road to reform,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I want to commend all those who have stepped forward and shared their experience and expertise to help us reach this pivotal point in the process of bringing meaningful and lasting reform to the Chicago Police Department.”
Public Comment on Proposed Consent Decree
Madigan and Emanuel filed the proposed consent decree in federal court September 13 after nearly a year of negotiations and receiving feedback from Chicago community members and police officers. It will resolve the complaint Madigan filed against the City on August 29, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeking numerous reforms recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in its investigation of CPD. Madigan took this action after DOJ chose not to pursue Chicago police reform through a consent decree, despite its own recommendation to do so.
The proposed consent decree mandates comprehensive reform of CPD’s policies, practices, training and accountability mechanisms to address the use of force, ensure police accountability, improve public and officer safety and, ultimately, build trust between CPD and Chicago’s residents.
All information on the independent monitor, submissions by independent monitor candidates, the parameters of the public hearing and comment period, as well as the proposed consent decree can be found at www.chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org.