Among the findings included in the
The report reflected the findings of a 13-month investigation into Chicago police practices that was launched in the wake of
But as Karen Sheley, director of the ACLU of Illinois’ Police Practice Project, said Friday, “These findings are not new.”
“The ACLU and other advocates have pointed out bad policing practices for decades, only to see calls for reform neglected and problems become ingrained after decades of acceptance,” Sheley said in a statement to Yahoo News.
But, as the
“Given the Trump administration’s announced resistance to police reform, we call on the city to enter an agreement with the Department of Justice now,” said the ACLU’s Sheley. “Such a decree would ensure that a federal judge would oversee the reform that the report shows is critical.”
However, some activists were less optimistic of the chances that the Justice Department report could have any real impact on problems that have plagued the Chicago police.
“There have yet to be any structural systemic changes, whether within the police department or the city,” Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter, told Yahoo News. “We have no reason to believe they’ll be willing to change now.”
Pulley said she doesn’t expect to see any meaningful changes implemented within the CPD unless they are legally enforced.
“There is no fixing a system that was never broken,” said Monica Trinidad, an organizer with the Chicago-based People’s Response Team, an advocacy group that works to fight police violence. Trinidad was part of a
“I recognize the importance of a national and international spotlight on this issue in our city,” Trinidad told Yahoo News. “However, I do not believe that any real, systemic change can happen within our Chicago Police Department.
“Policing is historically, inherently, a racist institution,” she continued, insisting that “there is no way to regain confidence in [the police] when we never had any in them to begin with.”
Instead, Trinidad said, she and the People’s Response Team have joined other local organizations in calling for the creation of an elected
“That is what we need right now,” she said.
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