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Get Chicago police oversight plan right the first time

Oct 05, 2016

(Editor’s note: This column originally was published on Better Government Association website on Oct. 2. The Chicago City Council approved the ordinance discussed here on Oct. 6 with revisions that address the concerns voiced in this article.)

Is the Fifth Floor of City Hall finally ready for police reform?

After numerous delays the signs are encouraging, based on recent reports outlining significant changes in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oversight reform ordinance.

Whatever City Council ends up passing will replace IPRA, the much-maligned Independent Police Review Authority, with COPA, a more empowered Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

The ordinance also adds…

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