The Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) proposes critical changes to the police union contracts and mobilizes communities to demand that new contracts between the City of Chicago and police unions don’t stand in the way of holding officers accountable. CPCA is composed of community, policy, and civil rights organizations taking action to ensure police accountability in the city of Chicago.
If the City of Chicago and our elected officials are serious about rebuilding trust between the police and the communities they serve, there should be a public commitment to making the changes recommended by the CPCA and the Department of Justice. However, we cannot truly implement police accountability reforms until we eliminate the barriers written into contracts with police unions.
Among the recommendations for reform are:
1. Eliminate the requirement of a sworn affidavit for investigating civilian complaints of misconduct.
2. Allow for the filing of anonymous complaints.
3. Prevent the disclosure of a complainant’s name prior to the interrogation of an accused officer.
4. Remove the ban on offering rewards to officers that cooperate or provide information on ongoing investigations.
5. Eliminate the 24 hour delay on officer statements in shooting cases and create a clearly outlined process to receive statements from all officers involved in a timely manner.
6. Eliminate officer’s right to review and amend statements previously made to investigators.
7. Eliminate the need for the Superintendent’s authorization to investigate complaints that are five years old or older.
8. Allow past disciplinary records to be used in investigating and resolving present complaints.
9. Eliminate the provision requiring the destruction of police misconduct records.
10. Remove constraints on how interrogators can ask questions.
11. Specify that information provided to officers prior to interrogations should be a general recitation of allegations.
12. Allow for the disclosure of the identities of officers who are the subject of civilian complaints.
13. Require officers to disclose secondary employment and any other pertinent information that may cause a conflict of interest in performing their duties as a sworn officer.
14. Reduce years of seniority for officers who have been repeatedly recommended for suspension because of findings of complaints filed against them.
Communities of color are the primary victims of police abuse within the criminal justice system, and we believe that in order to bring justice, our recommendations are a big part of the solution.