According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed n 11-page statement with the United States District Court stating that a proposed court order to reform the Chicago Police Department is an overly restrictive measure that could lead to increased crime.
October 15, 2018
"Chicago’s agreement with the ACLU in late 2015 dramatically undercut proactive policing in the city … with homicides increasing more than 57 percent the very next year," Sessions said in the statement.
October 10, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have finalized a proposed court order intended to bring sweeping change to the Chicago Police Department.
September 13, 2018
Chicago police officers would be required to document every instance in which they point a gun at someone under an agreement reached Wednesday between Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, two sources familiar with the deal confirmed.
September 6, 2018
A report issued on Wednesday — which monitor Matthew Barge and his 17-member team puts out twice a year — said "the City and Division of Police having made notable and significant progress in a number of critical areas, including, first and foremost, with respect to use of force" but that "significant work undoubtedly remains."
August 16, 2018
For a number of offenses, a supervisor would need to approve the arrest “unless not practicable under the circumstances.” Those crimes range from gambling and prostitution offenses to obstructing, resisting or assaulting a police officer.
August 15, 2018
A court granted the ACLU of Illinois and Black Lives Matter Chicago permission to intervene in the consent decree negotiations.
August 7, 2018
Under the agreement, the community groups can provide input as the city and the attorney general’s office continue to negotiate the terms of the consent decree. And once the decree is in place, they can object if it is inadequate or push for enforcement if the Police Department fails to follow through on its commitments.
March 26, 2018
A federal judge has appointed Kenneth Thompson, an attorney at the Baltimore-based law firm Venable, as monitor of the sweeping consent decree mandating local police reforms between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice.
October 3, 2017
Joining state Attorney General Lisa Madigan in announcing the lawsuit, was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, reversing his position on whether the city needs strict federal court oversight to make significant changes in the troubled police department.
August 31, 2017
More than two dozen teams have applied to serve as the independent monitor overseeing police reforms in Baltimore under the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.
June 9, 2017
The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at some stage in the future, an official in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration said.
June 5, 2017
The city of Cleveland doesn't think it's necessary to require police officers to wear body cameras while working off-duty security details, and has asked a federal judge to sign off on a new policy that says as much.
May 9, 2017
The federal judge overseeing Seattle police reforms has approved the Police Department’s long-awaited body-camera proposal, resolving an issue that had put the plan on hold.
May 5, 2017
An attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice said in federal court in Baltimore on Thursday that the department has "grave concerns" about its proposed consent decree with the city and whether it will improve public safety, and needs more time to assess it.
April 6, 2017