The schedule of all the police accountability hearings this month. All meetings will start at 6:30 p.m.
Edgewater, Chicago, 60660
City Council members hosted the second police accountability hearing on the North Side at Senn High School on Tuesday August 9. The goal of the meeting was to collect public input regarding the replacement of the Independent Police Review Authority with a new agency to oversee policing issues.
“When I think about accountability, I think that I echo many people here and say that it has to be monitored by the citizens, the people who live in the community,” one woman said.
The head of the IPRA is appointed by the mayor, but the new agency would be a "civilian investigative agency," according to a press release from July.
Community members said they wanted an elected board to oversee police accountability and many advocated for the CPAC ordinance as a way to enforce accountability. CPAC stands for Civilian Police Accountability Council and calls for an elected council of community leaders that investigates police misconduct.
Supporters of CPAC also want to be able to appoint the Chicago Superintendent of Police. CPAC is a campaign of the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression, and according to its website, the elected council will be, “empowered to hold police accountable for the crimes they commit, and to control and decide how their communities are policed.”
The public hearings are a series of meetings held throughout Chicago this month by different aldermen. At the Tuesday meeting, the aldermen present were: Ricardo Muñoz (22nd), Tom Tunney (44th), Harry Osterman (48th), James Cappleman (46th) and Joe Moore (49th).
Adam Glueckert, a student at Loyola University Chicago and resident in Edgewater, spoke at the hearing Tuesday night. He said community members need to work with the police, attend CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings and said the CPD needs better training.
“Too often have we seen police officers get away with things,” Glueckert said at the hearing. “Too often have we seen detrimental issues go unpunished.”
Glueckert also works for Ald. Harry Osterman’s office. He mentioned that he has been working with a small group of students and police. In the group, the students — which Glueckert said are primarily Black students — sit in a round table-like discussion with police officers to clear up any stigma either side may have.
Ald. Osterman called the meeting “powerful” and said, “Whatever policies we come up with, there has to be support from residents from around the city of Chicago.” As a policy maker, he said, it’s important that aldermen hear from the community.
The third meeting was held on Thursday August 11 at Little Village Lawndale High School. The last two hearings are on August 16 at Westinghouse College Prep and August 22 at North Grand High School. Both start at 6:30 p.m.