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Emanuel’s plan for Chicago police, ‘recipe for failure’

Fran SpielmanThe Chicago Sun-Times

Aug 31, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to replace the Independent Police Review Authority with a new, multi-tiered system of police accountability is a “recipe for failure” because it is not truly independent from City Hall, a student of police misconduct charged Wednesday.

University of Chicago Law professor Craig Futterman shot down Emanuel’s ordinance as Corporation Counsel Steve Patton softened his opposition to giving the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability authority to hire its own independent counsel instead of relying on a Law Department that defends police officers and negotiates the police contract.

“Before, it…

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