Community Groups Finalize Demands for Police Reform

Ten community groups have finalized their demands for police reform in the Chicago. It has been an ongoing negotiation process leading to this decision. 

The city and the office of Illinois Attorney General have been negotiating a consent decree with Black Lives Matter, The NAACP, The Chicago Urban League and other organizations. It would give a federal judge power to enforce police reforms recommended by the Obama administration in early 2017 after the Department of Justice found a series of civil rights abuses by Chicago officers. The community groups won a voice in the negotiations with the help of the ACLU. In exchange, the community groups agreed to hold off on any lawsuits as long as progress is being made toward stopping excessive force.

The packet of demands includes various reforms ranging from hiring, firing and use of force. The decree is expected to be completed by September 1.