The Chicago Police Accountability Subcommittee and Progressive Caucus have announced plans to hold two new hearings on police accountability and oversight.
"These hearings will allow aldermen to hear from key voices about best practices and pitfalls to avoid from Chicago's history and from other cities," said Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), chair of the City Council's Police Accountability Subcommittee. "We want to enter the legislative process on police reform from a well-informed place, so that we can pass the effective, comprehensive legislation that our communities urgently need."
The newly announced subject matter hearings are meant to compliment the series of public town hall meetings that have taken place across the city in recent months as a means to garner "authentic community engagement" on the issues of police community engagement as well as accountability and transparency in the Chicago Police Department.
Members of the City Council's Budget and Public Safety committees, Progressive Caucus and the Police Accountability Subcommittee are expected to attend the hearings along with police policy experts and community residents and activists.
The hearings will be held at Chicago City Council chambers on Wednesday, August 17 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, August 24 at 10 a.m.