Leaders and Community Members From Labor, Churches, and Neighborhoods Demand Passage of the CPAC Ordinance

From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled the special meeting of the City Council he called for this Thursday to pass his COP-A ordinance, which proposes to continue the cover-up of heinous police crimes and the failures of the police department with new appointed bodies he will control. Community leaders at a more than dozen public hearings, according to news media reports, overwhelmingly called for community control of the police.

Members and leaders from Labor, the faith community, and communities city-wide will be at City Hall Thursday anyway, demanding passage of the ordinance in the Council creating an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). Nine Council members have endorsed the ordinance so far.

The Press Conference and Rally will be held  9:00am Thursday, September 29, 2016, at  Chicago City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, 2nd Floor, at 9:00 a.m.

Let us be clear. We are not simply opposed to the Mayor and his fake police accountability proposals. We are also engaged in a vigorous and militant campaign to get CPAC enacted. We embarked upon this struggle years before Rahm Emanuel had any notions beyond excusing and justifying police crimes so ours is not a defensive struggle. Our demand for CPAC is not contingent on what the Mayor does and does not do. We will not be mesmerized by his star chamber manipulations of the Chicago City Council. We will continue the struggle for CPAC, for community control of the police no matter what.

The people in the neighborhoods experiencing high rates of police crimes have spoken. They want CPAC, they want community control of the police and we’ll settle for nothing less.

For more information, contact:
Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 email: fchapman@naarpr.org  or
ed Pearson
312-927-2689 email: tpearson@naarpr.org