USE OF FORCE; CIVILIAN REVIEW. (Aug. 30, 2016). Proposal is dramatic and controversial.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing his plan to overhaul civilian oversight of the beleaguered Chicago Police Department, a proposal that ensures the mayor’s office will retain a significant measure of control in how cops are investigated and disciplined. The blueprint calls for disbanding the much-maligned and often-distrusted Independent Police Review Authority and replacing it with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Unlike its predecessor, the new agency would have more power to probe alleged police misconduct, ranging from officer-involved shootings to domestic incidents involving cops. In addition, Emanuel wants to beef up scrutiny of the Police Department with a new deputy inspector general for public safety, a watchdog who would audit the new police accountability system and identify patterns and practices that violate constitutional rights.
Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-police-accountability-met-0831-20160830-story.html. Also see Chicago Sun Editorial: Big Questions Remain About New Police Review Board http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-take-time-to-get-police-oversight-right. Related: Hilder: Houston’s police oversight panel needs more teeth