(CBS) — Advocates for civilian oversight of police misconduct cases went to Chicago City Hall Wednesday as aldermen were focused on other issues.
Mayor Emanuel has proposed abolishing the Independent Police Review Authority, in favor of a civilian agency. But that’s still not enough for the protesters who gathered downtown.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: 1,182 New Coronavirus Cases, 5 More Deaths; Lowest One-Day Death Toll Since September
They’re calling for a Civilian Police Accountability Council of elected members. That is different from Emanuel’s idea of appointing members to a new panel.
All of this has surfaced after IPRA the Laquan McDonald shooting in which a white officer fatally shot a black teen suspect.READ MORE: Park District Spring Program Sign Up Starts Monday
Critics have said IPRA has turned a blind eye to police misconduct and brutality.
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Chicago Police Department.
Chicago City Council members had a full plate Wednesday with a variety of high-profile issues, including restrictions on home-sharing.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Seeking To Identify People Involved In Last Summer's Clash With Officers At Columbus Statue In Grant Park