Chicago Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jason Ervin (28th) announced Tuesday they are collaborating on a "final police accountability ordinance" that includes key components of separate proposals they have introduced.
Hairston has proposed replacing the city's Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) with a new "independent citizen police monitor." And Ervin is the lead sponsor of the FAIR Cops ordinance, which would establish a police auditor within the city's Inspector General's Office to investigate claims of police brutality.
The aldermen say they will wait until five to seven public meetings are held before introducing the measure. Hairston and Ervin plan to attend a series of public meetings on police reform and accountability being held by the Progressive Reform Caucus, the first of which is slated for July 21 at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Boulevard, at 6:30 p.m.
"Given the enormity and seriousness of this problem, it is unreasonable to think that real reform can take place in a day or two," Hairston said in a statement. "This is going to take time, and we have to take the time in order to get it right."
"Alderman Ervin and myself," she added, "will look at our outlines and figure out what we should add and where we can improve our final ordinance."