Mayor Emanuel Moves To Abolish Police Review Board

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel will abolish the city’s troubled Independent Police Review Authority.

For months, the mayor has been criticized for how the city investigates excessive force allegations against Chicago police.

In an op-ed piece that’s expected to appear in Sunday’s Sun-Times, the mayor says the city would replace the agency with a civilian agency that has more independence and more resources to do its work.

“My goal is to bring safety to every community, through building trust in our police department,” Emanuel said.

“That requires creating a new system for police accountability and oversight.”

Sharon Fairley, who was named by Emanuel to oversee IPRA following the release of the video showing Laquan McDonald being fatally shot by officer Jason Van Dyke, said:

“This is an important and necessary first step toward the true reform we have all been working on for the past several months. We know that in order for police accountability to be truly effective it has to have the support and trust of the community. I believe this commitment will start the process of building a system that will engender that trust. I look forward to working with the community, the alderman and the Mayor’s Office to bring about the changes the citizens of Chicago expect and deserve.”

Emanuel’s plan will be presented to City Council on June 22.

IPRA was created nine years ago to investigate shootings involving police officers.

The McDonald shooting sparked city-wide anger, leading to the ouster of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and questions about whether IPRA had been properly doing its job over the years.

Ald. Leslie Hairston wanted the review board tossed out saying, “The problem is with IPRA .. the name is tainted.”

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