I blog and my activism is as a life-long union guy.
I have no patience for the role of cop unions like Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police and their privileged position. No other union has collective bargaining language that shields members from criminal prosecution. Only the cops.
Since the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case are secret, it is not known what role the due process language of the Louisville cop contract served in protecting these guys.
Ryan Nichols is president of the local police union, the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614.
What is known is that Nichols opposed the decision of the city of Louisville to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and to implement numerous reforms in the police department to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.
In many cities, Chicago included, these and other needed reforms require changes in the collective bargaining agreement.
In a Chicago march last night to protest the failure to indict any cop for Breonna Taylor’s murder, Father Michael Phleger said, “March after march. Protest after protest. And nothing changes in America.”
“Today we learned that a person has no rights even in their own house,” he said about Taylor, who was fatally shot inside her home.
“Police are too protected in this country. When police do wrong they have to go to jail.”
At this moment Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in negotiations with the Chicago Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. The head or the Chicago FOP is an open racist and Trump supporter.
On what planet should the Mayor of Chicago be forced to bargain reform of the police with the subject of the reforms?
I don’t care about bargaining salary or benefits with the cops. But so-called due process rules that require special treatment when cops engage in criminal behavior?
It makes no sense.
I’ve contacted my state representative Will Guzzardi about this. It would require state legislative action to remove criminal shield language as a subject of bargaining in the cop contract.
I’ve heard nothing back.