Laura Kunard, Public Safety Deputy IG nominee, speaks with Ald. James Cappleman (46) following her City Council confirmation hearing on Monday, April 11, 2017.

At her confirmation hearing Monday, Chicago’s soon-to-be Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Dr. Laura Kunard told aldermen the city’s system for police oversight is “largely ineffective and confusing” and lacks “legitimacy” in the eyes of residents.

“I have deep respect for the profession of policing and its critical function and the role that it plays in our society. But I believe strongly that we must make change happen here in Chicago,” Kunard said in her opening remarks before a joint meeting of the Council’s Budget and Public Safety committees, which prompted a critical comment by one committee chair and skepticism from others that Kunard would be an impartial auditor of the city’s police department.

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