A federal judge on Thursday approved an agreement between the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago that will require the Chicago Police Department to implement dozens of reforms.
According to USA Today, the consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.
"This agreement builds on the strength of the reforms underway at the Chicago Police Department today, ensures there are no U-turns on that road to reform, and will help secure a safer and stronger future for our city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a joint statement.
The police union took notable exception to the gun-pointing matter, saying it may cause officers to hesitate to react when their lives may actually be in danger.