Chicago labor and community leaders urge an elected Civilian Police; Accountability Council in the wake of unmitigated police crimes
CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—May 7, 2015. The Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression (CAARPR), activist groups and labor union representatives demand that Mayor Rahm Emanuel support the call for the establishment of an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to end the deadly cycle of police violence that’s being disproportionately perpetrated against Black and Latino people in Chicago. CPAC will abolish and replace the highly biased and ineffective Police Board and the handpicked Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA). As it stands, IPRA investigates police misconduct, like shootings, and IPRA management is made of six former cops.
“The community demands real control over the police who terrorize the south and west sides, murdering our young people without any repercussions. CPAC is a chance to stop these racist police murders in their tracks and stand up for the youth,” said Mike Elliot, Chair of the Labor Committee of the Alliance.
The astonishingly unjust acquittal of Chicago Police detective, Dante Servin, for the cold blooded killing of 22 year old Rekia Boyd, and protests in Baltimore that were sparked by the police killing of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old Black man who died in police custody after being brutally beaten, have intensified a burgeoning national call for police accountability.
“We commend every person who has struggled alongside us in this long, hard journey for justice for police violence victims and survivors. The Reparations Ordinance is an amazing step but the road to ending police violence is far from over. We demand Mayor Emanuel support civilian police accountability and put an end to these racist murders,” Elliot said.