Roughly 150 people attended a joint subcommittee of the City Council’s Budget and Public Safety Committees held at the South Shore Community Center Thursday night. The meeting, the first of five scheduled for August, was an attempt by aldermen to receive public comments on their plans to reform the Chicago Police Department and its oversight agencies, including the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
Attendance: Chair Leslie Hairston (5), Co-Chair Willie Cochran (20), Pat Dowell (3), Sophia King (4), Rod Sawyer (6), Sue Sadlowski-Garza (10), David Moore (17), Rick Munoz (22), Ariel Reboyras (30), John Arena (45)
As has been the case in similar public forums on police reform, a significant number of those present came out in strong support for CPAC, a Civilian Police Accountability Council, which would be comprised of one elected official from each of the city’s 21 police districts. Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) of Logan Square introduced a CPAC-inspired ordinance in July, before the Council’s summer break.