CHICAGO (CBS) — Protesters gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday, saying the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and statistics regarding fatal police-involved shootings in the Chicago area show it’s time for a sweeping federal investigation into police conduct.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy previously has said police-involved shootings have been cut in half in the past three years, but members of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression argued police have killed 86 people in five years, 80 percent of them African-Americans.
Among the approximately 30 demonstrators was Jeff Baker, who said the city should have an elected review board to investigate police shootings, rather than an agency whose top officials are appointed by the mayor and City Council.
“The people are too far away from the decision-making process; and as long as the people are that far away from power and making the decisions, then the people’s will is not done,” Baker said.