A “final police accountability ordinance” that combines and “makes stronger the tenets” of two introductions from West Side Ald. Jason Ervin (28) and South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5) is being drafted, according to a release sent yesterday, but won’t be introduced until five or more community meetings are held to solicit public input on what the ordinance should contain.
“Ald. Ervin and myself will look at our outlines and figure out what we should add and where we can improve our final ordinance,” says Hairston. The two plan on attending the community meeting at Malcolm X College next Thursday, July 21, arranged by the Progressive Caucus, of which Hairston is a member. The Malcolm X meeting was announced after two public hearings at City Council were decried by police reform groups and members of the public as a “sham” and “waste of time.”