Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing pressure from her political coalition of abandoning support for broad policing reforms, potentially leading to another showdown with the Chicago City Council.
Lightfoot is facing criticism for her refusal to support reform policies aimed at creating greater accounability within the city’s police force. Lightfoot has objected to empowering a civilian board as part of an advisory vote of no-confidence in the police superintendent, which would trigger the superintendent’s firing if an additional two-thirds of the City Council voted in support.
“Our coalition now is in lockstep agreement that policy should be in the hands of the people. We’re consistent with that, and we’re not backing from that. That’s where the biggest sticking point is. And that’s where our line is drawn with the sand,” Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) told a virtual news conference.
“We stand with CPAC together in unity to state that … important policy decisions — if there is a disagreement — the end-all, be-all is going to be with that commission.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), who supports the CPAC ordinance, said, “We know what civilian oversight needs to look like. It needs to empower our communities to have a say over police policy, and to play a role in hiring and firing the superintendent and overseeing police misconduct investigations.”