Bad News Coming
- Mayor Daley’s plan to restore public confidence in investigations of Chicago Police wrongdoing cleared its first legislative hurdle today amid claims that the new Office of Professional Standards is not independent enough. [...]
The new OPS director would now have broader subpoena power and be free to investigate allegations of verbal abuse by police officers based upon a person’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sexual identity.
- And instead of investigating only those incidents involving discharge of a firearm “at a person,” the new OPS would be empowered to investigate “discharge of a firearm, stun gun or Taser in a manner which could potentially strike an individual” as well as injuries that occur in police custody.
So the "new and improved" OPS is going to investigate every single instance? Where are these investigators going to come from? Where's the money budgeted for this monstrosity? What does their training curriculum look like? And if they have subpoena powers, at what point do our 5th Amendment protections kick in? Just a few questions that the Department and the FOP ought to be asking and answering.
Labels: department issues