[remote or in person] Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability

Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
Criminal Justice

Thursday, May 30, 2024
6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. CDT

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1145 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640 Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Truman College, Main Building, 2nd Floor, Novar Hall

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Live reporting by Parker Garlough

Parker Garlough @parker_garlough
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06:18 PM May 30, 2024 CDT

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The meeting has been called to order.
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Public comment has begun.
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Amy Thompson, staff council at Impact for Equity urges CCPSA to address traffic stops, noting that they are often racially discriminatory.
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Jay (did not give a last name) said the commission has been too hesitant and has limited its own scope. Jay urged the commission to make a statement about police harm to drug users and sex workers.
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A person who did not introduce themself by name but appears to be wearing a police 5-point star badge criticized the Referendum for Community Power Over the Police, saying that gangs are the real threat to community safety.
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Alma Kreuser: Since the creation of CCPSA, "I haven't seen any positive effect from this. All I see is the increase in crime, and to continue attacking police." Stats reported by CPD show a decrease in homicides since CCPSA's creation.
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David Rolickoff, Humboldt Park District Councilor: pretextual traffic stops are a waste of resources. Meanwhile, police are not responding to over half of 911 calls.
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Charlie Isaacs, Assistant Director for CCPSA: "I was here for your first meeting ever, before I even knew I'd be working for you all. It's been an absolute privilege... a lot of the change you've done won't be felt for years to come, but you have changed Chicago."
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Antoinette Ursitti, Chief of Bureau of Detectives, has begun presenting.
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"Beyond the measure of clearance rates is how we are investigating these crimes," such as ensuring access to support systems for victims
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In response to Police Executive Research Forum report, the Bureau of Detectives changed division of resources to 5 sections instead of 3 in order to increase speed of response, Ursitti said.
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Each area now has a dedicated homicide team.
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In creating these teams, the Bureau prioritized having skilled detectives. They increased the numer of homicide detectives by 10%.
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The Bureau has trained 120 detectives, and has created 200 positions, including a Director of Prosecutorial Strategies and 5 attorneys (one per geographic division).
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Report recommended increasing non-fatal shooting clearances by collaborating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They receive technical assistance that allows them to link evidence for firearms used at multiple crime scenes.
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For the first time, they held National Crime Victims Rights Week events across the city.
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ISP Forensics Lab is helping evaluate cases that could be submitted under new technology, such as genealogy testing
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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner event in April, discussed trauma-informed sexual assault investigations
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Committed to giving 8-hour training on hate crime investigations to all detectives
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In the past few months, the BoD has developed a dashboard to identify individuals who have repeatedly suffered documented domestic violence, and reach out to victims for support.
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BoD is coordinating resources, when evidence is too limited to move a case forward, to continually reassess evidence in conjuction with evidence from partners
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In response to a question about racial equity: "One of our commitments is trying to have better communication with families because when there is a lack of communication, it can increase the sense that the case is not being handled the way other cases would be."—Ursitti
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The Police Board (distinct from CCPSA and the District Councils) is seeking new members with at least 10 years of experience in a relevant field.
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Brown: "CPD demonstrated progress towards their goals this quarter." They have begun a year-long planning process to institute training for Constitutional traffic stops in 2025.
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CCPSA President Anthony Driver, Jr.: a wellness report regarding wellness programs for officers will be shared with CCPSA quarterly.
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The CCPSA has not seen progress towards the workforce allocation goals they set for CPD
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^according to CCPSA President Anthony Driver, Jr.
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CPD has made progress on their goal to increase civilian hiring, but has many vacancies left, said Driver.
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Commissioners are now beginning to make statements reflecting on the time they served.
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Isaac Troncoso: "Accountability for the way we treat victims, the way they are often left in the dark" is one major concern that the next commissioners should focus on.
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Brown: After leaving this commission, she will focus on anti-gun violence work with a religious coalition. She urged the community to "push the next commission really hard. It takes all of us."
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Remel Terry thanked her fellow commissioners for their dedication and asked them to stay in contact because of their valuable experience.
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At the request of Yvette Loizon, Adam Gross received a standing ovation.
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Oswaldo Gomez: "It fills me with great hope that there are a lot of people who are angry with us... I hope the commission is held to a high level of accountability, just as we hold these institutions to a high level of accountability."
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Gross: "It sometimes felt like there were a million ways every week that the whole thing might just collapse, and it hasn't. That is because of the work of these seven commissioners."
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The meeting is adjourned. The next CCPSA meeting will be June 27.

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Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability

www.chicago.gov

(312) 742-8888

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In July 2021, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance creating a new model for police oversight, accountability, and public safety. The ordinance creates two types of bodies: a citywide Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, with power to advance systemic reform, and District Councils, which will be elected in each police district and work to improve policing and public safety in the district. The Commission and District Councils will bring police officers and Chicago residents together to plan, prioritize, and build mutual trust; strengthen the police accountability system; give Chicagoans a meaningful new role in oversight; and explore and advance alternative effective approaches to public safety.

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