CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is demanding reforms in the city’s police disability rules, after some apparently major abuses have been uncovered.
As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation shows the City of Chicago spent $18 million in a year for police disability leave, though few officers ever go back to the department, and many have moved on to other, more comfortable careers.READ MORE: First Case Of Omicron Variant In Wisconsin Confirmed
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Mayor Emanuel was asked if reforms are needed.
“The short answer? Absolutely,” he said.READ MORE: Oak Park And River Forest High School Ban On Activities Due To COVID Outbreak Sparks Outrage
The reason, he says, is that many officers clearly deserve the benefits.
“They do very serious work, and it’s there to protect them, and everybody knows there are a few bad actors who are ruining it for everybody else,” he said.
For that reason, the mayor is asking his financial team to outline changes.
“It is there as an insurance policy of protection,” Emanuel said. “It is not there for a few bad actors to abuse and then take down the system as a whole.”MORE NEWS: Parents Of Michigan School Shooter Arrested And Charged After Manhunt
The mayor spoke at an unrelated North Side event.