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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Just the thing for helping Chicago with its murder rate and violent crime: a new police civilian oversight commission
A group calling itself the Grassroots
Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is pushing hard for a civilian
oversight commission – with the power to fire police, up to an including the
superintendent – and has a lot of support in that one-party deep blue city.
Chicago already has the Chicago Police
Board, “an independent civilian body that oversees certain activities of
the Chicago Police Department. The Board's powers and responsibilities include
deciding disciplinary matters involving police officers and nominating
candidates for Superintendent of Police to the Mayor,” but that is not enugh
power for the “grass roots activists.”
Fran Spielman of the Chicago
Sun-Times reports on the pressures for and against the proposed new entity:
Police Board President
Lori Lightfoot has warned that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a furious political
backlash if he refuses to endorse a civilian oversight proposal initiated by
the Task Force on Police Accountability she co-chaired or attempts to stall a
City Council vote on the proposal until after the 2019 mayoral election.
Rahm with fellow Thug
Emanuel has already
signaled a go-slow approach by arguing that the civilian oversight he promised
two years ago, but failed to deliver must be “complementary — not
contradictory” to the city’s “public safety goals.”
Emanuel, a realist, must understand
that Chicago’s out of control crime problem could only escalate. He has a lot
of people telling him so:
Crime will spike and
police morale will plummet—to the point where veteran officers will lay back
and “nobody will want to take this job”—if a civilian oversight board is
empowered to fire the police superintendent and establish police policy, a
former cop-turned alderman is warning.
Northwest Side Ald.
Anthony Napolitano (41st), the City Council’s champion for Chicago Police
officers, condemned the fundamental change in police oversight proposed by the
Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) after 18 months of public
“We’ve already created
a department of reactive police officers [who] don’t want to do anything right
now. Now, you’re gonna put civilians on a board who most likely don’t like the
police and are gonna look for everything they’re doing wrong as well as have
the opportunity to fire our superintendent? This is probably one of the worst
decisions we could be making,” Napolitano told the Chicago Sun-Times.”
Others agree with Napolitano:
Fraternal Order of
Police President Kevin Graham has argued that “policing is becoming almost
impossible in Chicago” because of redundant layers of oversight by the FBI, the
Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney’s office, a Civilian Office of
Police Accountability that has officers “under virtual siege” and an
“exceedingly biased media.”
Even more oversight
would bring about “chaos mislabeled as reform,” Graham has said. (snip)
Chicago Police Supt.
Eddie Johnson was even more outspoken. Johnson said civilians “don’t have the
professional acumen to develop police and strategy” for the Chicago Police
Department and allowing them to do so and empowering them to fire the
superintendent is “just crazy to me” and “like telling a surgeon how to do his
The proposed commission would feature
elected representatives from each of Chicago’s 22 police districts, and would
have sweeping powers to fire, even top management. It would require a 2/3 vote
of the Chicago Board of Alderman to reverse a firing.
I am not opposed to civilian review
of cops. Any large group of humans will have some miscreants among its
membership. And cops have awesome powers that need to be checked when misused.
But Chicago already has civilian review, and its police are understandably
feeling so beleaguered by the many layers of oversight and second guessing that
the city suffers from a lack of proactive policing. This proposed board would
make matters worse with its powers that would be difficult-to-impossible to
correct when wrong.