THE CHICAGO REPORTER: EMANUEL ALL TALK, LITTLE STRATEGY WHEN IT COMES TO IMPLEMENTING POLICE REFORM
By Curtis Black | March 16, 2017
I was a little surprised to see Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson say that he’s planning to establish a new hotline for officers to anonymously report misconduct by their colleagues.
That’s because it’s been almost a year since Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the department “will create a third-party hotline for members of the Chicago Police Department to report misconduct.” It was one of a number of reforms Emanuel said CPD would “immediately” put in place.
That was in April 2016, when Emanuel announced that CPD was “immediately implementing nearly a third of the recommendations from the Police Accountability Task Force,” according to a release from his office.
Yet last month, the chair of that task force, Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, noted that “the vast majority” of the task force’s recommendations “have not been implemented.”
That’s the problem with Emanuel’s politically-driven approach to governance. He’ll hold a press conference, make an announcement and then move on to the next problem, with little attention to follow-up. READ MORE