What could go wrong?
- Chicago’s new Civilian Office of Police Accountability will not be “starved for resources,” a top mayoral aide declared Tuesday, though he refused to be pinned down to a specific dollar amount or budget percentage.
Corporation Counsel Steve Patton also assured aldermen that the agency that replaces the Independent Police Review Authority will have authority to hire its own independent counsel.
Patton said specific language of the compromise has yet to be finalized. That’s why the City Council Committees on Budget and Public Safety took no vote on the mayor’s police accountability ordinance at Tuesday’s joint meeting.
But Patton said the final language may well involve creating a “pool” of law firms with expertise conducting police investigations that are “pre-qualified” to “meet our standards.” That way, a Law Department charged with defending police officers and negotiating the police contract can keep hands off.
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