Our police department badly needs reform. We should adopt a holistic approach to public safety to ensure we all feel safe in our homes and on the streets.
Every year Chicago spends $100 million dollars compensating the victims of police misconduct - that's three times the amount we spend on afforable housing. Until last year, police officers were only trained on when to use their guns once: at the police academy.
That's why, at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, I helped write the consent decree to ensure our police department establishes a plan for sustainable reform following the murder of Laquan McDonald.
I will work to ensure that our police officers receive proper training and supervision, and that officers are consistently held accountable when misconduct occurs. In addition, instead of spending millions of dollars on a new police academy, I will work to ensure that additional investments are made in community policing in order to rebuild the fractured relationship between the police department and residents.
WHAT CAN WE DO:
- Enter into a consent decree with the Illinois Attorney General that a federal judge will oversee to ensure officers get adequate training, supervision, and oversight.
- Collaborate with the 19th and 20th police districts to reduce incidents when there are no available units to respond to 911 calls.
- Adopt a holistic approach to public safety that prioritizes job opportunities, stable housing, and quality education for at-risk youth.
- Require two hours of annual mandatory training on de-escalating situations with individuals experiencing mental health crises.
- Ensure more public accountability with our police department by supporting proposals like CPAC and GAPA.