Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Chicago Mayor Retains Key Policing Powers in Civilian Police Oversight Ordinance Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS
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CHICAGO—Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot retains the power to hire and fire the police chief and the final say on policing policy disputes in the newly passed civilian police oversight ordinance. The ordinance, approved by a narrow margin by Chicago City Council on July 21, will create a new seven-person civilian board to oversee the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the second-largest metro police department in the nation. The new board can recommend police chief candidates, but Lightfoot still gets to pick the final nominee to be approved by the City Council. The board can take a no-confidence vote against the police chief, but that vote is non-binding—the mayor gets to make the final call to fire the chief or not. As for the policing policy disputes, the other sticking point in the negotiations, the board can draft new policing policies, which can only take effect after CPD consents to them. If …

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