Starting today, two City Council committees are scheduled to hold two days of public hearings on reforming the city’s policing policy, as part of a pledge to bring in subject matter experts and the public together to craft meaningful reforms. The first meeting is scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m., the second will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. But, after a day of reaching out to subject matter experts, the Chicago Police Department, aldermen and their staff, Aldertrack has learned that the hearings Public Safety Chairman Ariel Reboyras (30) and Budget Chairman Carrie Austin (34) promised in a letter released last month are not what is to be expected over the next two days.
Last month, on the same day the chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability (PATF), Lori Lightfoot and more than a dozen other activists released an open letter and held a press conference condemning the Emanuel Administration’s delayed response to PATF’s more than 100-page report on the structural and racial problems that plague the police department’s oversight apparatus. Hours after the Lightfoot presser, Reboyras and Austin released their own letter announcing their decision to hold two days of public hearings on police reform.