Despite a celebrity appearance from Chance The Rapper and a trending #NoCopAcademy hashtag on Twitter, the Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved the first of many steps needed to build a new, $95 million police and fire training academy.
Though a floor debate ran on for about an hour, mostly with laudatory remarks by aldermen touting the catalytic development for West Garfield Park and its part in the city’s overall “down payment” on police reform, the roll call ended in an anti-climatic 48-1 vote.
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) of Logan Square issued the sole no vote, saying it was a bad investment. “There is no study here that anyone can point to that says new cement, new windows, new carpet, that a diving tank, aka. a pool, will stop police from killing young black and brown men and women.”