As the City Council is poised to pass on a cop contract, the protection of misconduct remains.

Alderman Scott Waguespack thinks the new contract contains some important reforms but agrees, “some people would like more.”

As the Chicago City Council is about to pass on a new contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, I am writing again to ask the Illinois legislature to remove as issues of bargaining all due process language that protects cops from prosecution.

They can do that. They should.

While the Mayor has gotten some reforms in the new deal (and good for her), no mayor should have to bargain how to deal with police misconduct in negotiations with those that commit brutality and murder on the citizens of this city.

Those rules should be statutory, not contract language.

The tentative agreement that will be voted on by council would prohibit the names of complainants from being disclosed to officers until immediately prior to their interview, which typically comes at the end of an investigation. 

A new state law introduced by the legislative Black Caucus bans police unions’ collective bargaining agreements that require complainants to sign an affidavit when filing a complaint against a police officer. 

The success of the Black Caucus in removing that language as an issue that can be bargained only proves the legislature can do more.

Meanwhile, the tentative agreement is being opposed by many who think the City hasn’t gone far enough. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, the Chicago Council of Lawyers/Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights said the tentative contract  does not do enough to ensure that officers protect the civil rights of Chicagoans. 

It is unlikely the council will reject the tentative deal with the fascist FOP.

But it shouldn’t be this way.

When will the legislature do what they need to do? The Black Caucus has shown the way. Where are the rest of them?

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