Demand Real Reform in the Chicago Police Department


The Illinois Attorney General and the City of Chicago recently unveiled a draft agreement to guide reform of the Chicago Police Department. The plan, a “consent decree” to be submitted to a federal court for final approval, aims to address problems detailed in a scathing report from the U.S. Department of Justice last year.

The ACLU, alongside our clients and community partners, recently released our official response on how to improve the draft plan: A Commitment to Real Reform.

The Illinois Attorney General is accepting public comments, but the time is short. The period for comments closes on this Friday, August 17.

Send the below message to the attorney general today to ensure these important improvements are included in the final version of the consent decree.

Message Recipients:
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

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Real Reform to the CPD
To Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

The current consent decree draft is a positive step forward – but it needs to be stronger and include additional essential reforms. I support “A Commitment to Real Reform” put forth by Communities United, Community Renewal Society, ONE Northside, Next Steps, Equip for Equality, and the ACLU of Illinois. For police reform to be successful, the consent decree must be stronger and go further in these critical areas.

The consent decree must:

- Guarantee enforceability and transparency of reform
- Require the City to share and use information related to potential officer misconduct
- Create checks on the code of silence
- Divert individuals in a health crisis away from the criminal justice system
- Transform CIT from a training add-on to an operational program
- Use data to assess de-escalation, diversion, and CIT, while protecting private information
- Provide guidance on how to engage with people with disabilities and regularly train officers on disability and individuals in crisis
- Include sign language in reforms, and require officers to use nonverbal communication before force whenever safe to do so
- Commit to providing police services to people with disabilities
- Limit use of force and arrests in schools, and get input from outside of CPD
- Require a foot pursuit policy
- Recognize that pointing a gun at someone is a use of force and should be documented


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