Please share your views regarding the functioning of the Independent Police Review Authority and whether it should operate more independently of the Police Department.

Criminal Justice Reform

I believe that IPRA has functioned poorly in regards to investigating claims of police
misconduct. In order to perform its duty more autonomously, I believe that the head of
IPRA needs to be elected and not merely appointed by the Mayor. I would not want any
cases to be unfounded because of political manipulation or pressure.

The idea of a police review authority being dependent on the police department invites a hint of
favoritism due to prior working relationships, knowledge of family members both past and present
and a natural tendency to cover a follow officer. I believe that the board should operate more
independently of the Police department

The city should disband the current IPRA. Further any questionable misconduct by officers or
county prosecutors should be investigated by the FBI instead of the county states attorney,.

I favor measures that hold police accountable. Those who fail to uphold the law, or meet the high standards we have for police officers should be accountable for their actions.

I believe that the IPRA should act as the initial finders of fact in advisement on if an officer acted reasonably within his/her role as an officer.

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I have concerns that the IPRA does not operate sufficiently independently of CPD. In particular,
it seems to me that there is too much bureaucracy surrounding the investigation of complaints,
in that, for example, any complaint not accompanied by a signed affidavit is not investigated.
Moreover, there is little to no accountability within this system for those officers against whom
complaints are repeatedly received, since the IPRA’s reporting does not reveal any names of
officers.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

There needs to be
a tougher review board monitoring and reviewing the policies, procedures and repeat
violators, officers who are caught violating rules should be punished and pulled from
street duty to less stress related roles

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Though I was skeptical when it was first formed, I’ve been impressed with the work of the
Independent Police Review Authority. It is still far from perfect, but progress is being made

Like any oversight, I believe that this Police Review authority should be independent and reflect perspectives from the community, the police force and independant industry experts

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Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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Absolutely it should
operate independently of the Chicago Police Department

The operative word is “Independent” and there is simply no way it can be completely independent if it operates under the very department it is supposed to review!

IPRA has in the past and currently operates independents of the Police Department. IPRA’s investigations, findings and recommended discipline is independent, although the Superintendent may disagree with the firing of a police officer. However, the Superintendent does not make the
final decision.

I believe the IPRA ought to operate completely independently of the Police Department.
Especially given the police-involved violence we’ve witnessed across the country this year, it’s
more important than ever that the public feel confident that the police are held to the highest
standards. In order to do so, we need to be able to assure the public that there is a thorough
investigation of alleged police misconduct, and that there are consequences when mistakes (or
worse) are made.

IPRA members
seem to hold a bias in favor of the Mayor. Many of their investigation results seem unfair and
lead to dismissals (firing).

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

My answer to #95 does have a caveat. The atrocities of the Burge era was the blind eye the city
turned to the obvious and the actions of renegade police officers. I believe the burden should be
shared by the city employees as well as they city.
I would support of a Citizens Panel of Review to alleged inappropriate police conduct that is
alleged in death of a citizen. I will always support the taping of interrogations.
Police work is a dangerous job. We thank the good officers we have. I agree that an allegation
that a Chicago Police Officer committed misconduct is a serious event for the person alleging
misconduct and the officer. Both deserve a thorough, fair and timely investigation of the
allegation.
I believe the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) should be more independent from the
CPD due the continuing allegations against officers in Chicago and nationally. Again the
autrocities committed under Superintendant Burge are horrible.
I understand the IPRA intakes all allegations of misconduct, whether generated externally by the
public, or internally by Police Department personnel. When an allegation involves excessive force,
domestic violence, coercion though violence, or verbal bias-based abuse, IPRA conducts the
investigation into the allegation and recommends the result. All other allegations are referred to
the Internal Affairs Division for appropriate resolution.
In addition to investigating allegations of misconduct, IPRA investigates or reviews all officer
involved shootings, extraordinary occurrences in lock-up, and uses of Tasers. The IPRA also may
make recommendations of changes to training and policy.
I appreciate the transparency to the disciplinary process of the IPRA making public reports on that
process.
I believe the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) should be as independent from the
CPD as possible due the continuing allegations against officers nationally.

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The police cannot police itself. An Independent Police Review Authority needs to be established
so that citizens can police the police. We need to take preemptive action to avoid the abuse
being exercised by police in some other cities and which is costing the lives of many people every
year. The PRA could be an elected body or be selected with participation of the public

and whether it should operate more independently of the Police Department.
I believe the Independent Police Review Authority complies with their cases and transparency,
but they need to be a separate agency, and should function more independently since it holds the
accountability of the ethics of the police. It is important to have an agency hold accountable to the
employees that are hired to protect and serve the people.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Community policing requires a strong relationship of trust between the police and the community. To this end, I support a strong IPRA that works to ensure that no one is above the law and reports of police misconduct are handled appropriately and professionally.

The IPRA’s mission is tainted by the involvement of too many ex-police. Over the past seven years, there have been 116 deaths and over twice as many injured from police shootings, and the IPRA found no unjustified actions. That is difficult to believe. The IPRA needs to be truly independent to avoid even the appearance of bias.

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The IPRA was created in 2007 to give the public a voice in reviewing police misconduct complaints. The creation of the IPRA moved investigations of these complaints out of the police department’s Office of Professional Standards. Although there are some who feel that IPRA is too close to the police department it is run completely by civilians. Although I feel that the IPRA has done good job investigating complaints and clearing up years of
back logged cases it could operate under a more open and accessible process to remove lingering doubts that it is slanted toward protecting police officers

I have been fighting with The Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression for 3 years now, to
implement legislation that would replace the IPRA with an elected and truly independent board,
with the teeth, that the current board lacks. An independent oversight and discipline board, is
what is necessary to restore the trust between the community and our officers, which currently
hampers good officers and good citizens from working together for the common good.

This needs to be completely outside of the CPD. There should not zero relationship with the CPD
or any of their staff or reps

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

The IPRA should function more independently of the Chicago Police Department. IPRA’s
management includes six former police officers and 3 of those officers were high ranking CPD
officers. Public perception of independence is critically important in terms of the credibility of this
agency.

I support an Independent review authority and believe that this office should be used to uphold the standards of the Police Department and hold officers who do not follow procedures accountable for their actions.

There should be more input from non police/ law enforcement officials. I feel more civilians should be on the board along with a different appointment process, I would love to work with community activist to come up with a better way of addressing this issue and how the board is appointed.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I think the only way it can be effective is if it operates independently.

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I do not understand this question because the Independent Police Review Authority currently operates independently
of the Police Department.

I believe that the IPRA should have the degree of independence that it needs to be
effective in investigating cases of alleged police misconduct.

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Most effective
oversight authorities operate independently of those under scrutiny. We cannot expect to
root out well-known problems at CPD with the current opportunities for political influence
and peer pressure.

That’s the problem
– it should be totally independent but isn’t.