Mayor Emanuel’s Address on Police Accountability to City Council: Justice, Culture and Community

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers remarks about systemic issues facing Chicago. He lays out a path forward for restoring trust in our police department and addressing these issues head on. “We cannot wait another day to address the current crisis that we face. We have to have better oversight of our police officers.” The speech follows a series of steps the Emanuel administration has taken over the past weeks, including:

· Expanding the police body camera program

· Naming new leadership at Chicago Police Department

· Appointing Sharon Fairley as the new head of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority

· Forming a task force of former prosecutors and civil rights leaders to review the entire system of police discipline

· Welcoming the DOJ investigation into the police department and pledged the city’s full cooperation

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