Police Board on the Hot Seat
- The civilian Chicago police board responsible for disciplining officers has backed the police superintendent's recommendations for terminating officers only 37 percent of the time, though the city's top cop has recommended firings in 97 percent of the cases, according to the report by the Chicago Justice Project, which advocates public access to justice-related information.
Chicago’s disciplinary board for police officers would have to explain its votes for the first time and would see its compensation slashed under an ordinance introduced today by Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd).
Fioretti is reacting to a recently released report by the Chicago Justice Project that showed four of the Chicago Police Board’s nine members missed more than 20 percent of the board’s meetings over the last decade.
“They get stale serving on these boards,” Fioretti said. “They look at it as a place to show up and get a paycheck. The board needs fresh blood.”