Crusader staff report
The deadline for public comments or input for the consent decree that aims to implement reforms in the Chicago Police Department is August 17.
On July 27, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the draft of the consent decree, capping 18 months of stalled negotiations and protests.
Public hearings about the consent decree are being held for community input. For those who cannot attend the hearings, they can fill out a feedback form at www.ChicagoPoliceConsentDecree.org/input. The public may share their personal experiences, concerns or suggestions by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a short message at: 833-243-1498.
According to the Attorney General’s office, the input will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the consent decree. The Attorney General’s Office and the city will then present the revised consent decree to the federal judge who is overseeing the Attorney General’s lawsuit that was filed this year to force the city to implement police reforms.
Emanuel promised then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the CPD would enter into a consent decree. Months later, Emanuel appeared to backpedal on his promise, drawing intense criticism from activists who pushed the mayor to implement reforms under court oversight. But the mayor and Johnson said many of the reforms in the consent decree were already implemented. Madigan filed a lawsuit to force the city into a consent decree under court oversight and allowed activists from Black Lives Matter to file their own lawsuit to address the problem as well.