CHICAGO (CBS) — A prominent Chicago law professor on Wednesday urged aldermen to get it right this time when they replace the agency that investigates police conduct, and make sure it can truly do its job.
University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman, a longtime critic of the Police Department’s disciplinary system, said testifying before two City Council committees about a plan to replace the Independent Police Review Authority with a new civilian-run police oversight agency felt like déjà vu.
Ten years ago, Futterman testified about the failure of the Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards to effectively deal with police misconduct, even though the percentage of so-called “bad cops” was small.
“The problem wasn’t one and isn’t one of simply a few bad apples. It was that the department had allowed those abusive officers to hurt the most vulnerable among us – the most vulnerable Chicago residents – without fear of any punishment or consequence,” he said.