New Report On Chicago Police Consent Decree Shows Progress On Community Engagement; Improvement On Data Records Needed – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS)– The latest report of the City of Chicago’s policing reform efforts has been released.

The report also said the Chicago Police Department has made strides in community engagement, but there’s much more to be done. In response, the police department touted the expansion of neighborhood policing, which emphasizes relationships with residents. It also said officers now receive 40 hours on mandatory training a year.

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The monitor said issues with CPD’s data, specifically relating to police foot pursuits, created a major roadblock to reform.

In all, the police department had 51 deadlines during this period and hit 26 of them.

The CBS 2 Investigators reached out to CPD on these issues outlined in the report. We’re still waiting for a response.

CPD plans to hold a press conference later Friday afternoon to respond to the report.

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A scathing Justice Department report in 2016 found systemic abuses by the Chicago Police Department against minorities, including officers routinely using excessive force against African Americans and Hispanics.

The Justice Department report called for the courts to oversee changes to the department’s policies and practices. When the Trump administration balked at the idea of a consent decree, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department and hammered out a deal with the city.

The consent decree requires the department to review use of force policies every year, track foot pursuits and document every time an officer points a gun at someone. Anonymous complaints against officers must be investigated; and officers are prohibited from using stun guns when suspects are running away, or from firing their guns at moving vehicles.

In a joint statement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Supt. David Brown said:

While there has been progress in the CPD’s reform efforts, we know there’s more to do. The City and CPD remain committed to fulfilling not only the requirements delineated by the consent decree but will go above and beyond what is outlined to Create transformative and lasting reform within the Department. The consent decree is meant to serve as the floor, not the ceiling, for Chicago’s police journey to true reform. Our shared efforts to achieve compliance with the consent decree is not just about checking off boxes and fulfilling the minimum requirements, it is about creating a better police department, one that the people of Chicago can be proud of.

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