Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's official: The Independent Police Review Authority will now become the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA. Eight Aldermen - mostly those whose wards have many police officers residing in them - voted NO

Aldermen voting against the ordinance include Leslie Hairston (5th Ward), Marty Quinn (13th Ward), Matt O’Shea (19th Ward), Michael Zalewski (23rd Ward), Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward), Nick Sposato (38th Ward) and Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward).

It's official: The Independent Police Review Authority will now become the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA.

The ordinance to scrap the old police oversight agency and build a new one easily passed City Council by a vote of 39-8 Wednesday, but the changes won’t fully take effect until next September.

Aldermen voting against the ordinance include Leslie Hairston (5th Ward), Marty Quinn (13th Ward), Matt O’Shea (19th Ward), Michael Zalewski (23rd Ward), Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward), Nick Sposato (38th Ward) and Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward).

Some of those voting no represent constituencies that wanted a tougher ordinance; others represent areas where lots of cops reside. The Fraternal Order of Police urged a no vote, claiming they were shut out of the process entirely. The union has a litany of complaints, including the fact that the FOP contract doesn’t allow some of the expanded powers COPA will now have, and that the U.S. Department of Justice is still conducting its own investigation of the Chicago Police Department. They would prefer the city wait for the DOJ’s recommendations rather than acting preemptively.

But aldermen say it was important to get this done, and get it done quickly.

“This problem was ignored for far too long by the previous administration and, sorry to say Mr. Mayor, by your administration,” said Ald. John Arena (45th Ward).

“We need to put this in place and then incorporate better ideas as we move on,” said Ald. Walter Burnett (37th Ward).

“We have taken small steps and today a significant steps on improving what we had,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “No, we are not done. This is a process.”

COPA will have some extended powers. For example, it can investigate police shootings, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, Taser abuse, etc. It will also have expanded money – by law it will get at least 1 percent of the Police Department budget. But the exact makeup of the agency is still up in the air. Current IPRA administrator Sharon Fairley will stay on board for the time being and she’ll have a lot of authority to shape who they hire and what the job positions are.

There are 60 or so investigators at IPRA currently, represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees trade union. The agreement puts restrictions on who the city can hire and fire. We’re told union members will meet with the city and aldermen about that in the coming days.

Emanuel says IPRA was becoming dangerously understaffed, and the passage of COPA should attract more employees.

“There’s been lack of certainty, there’s also created some challenges, from a recruitment standpoint and from a retention standpoint,” Emanuel said. “We want to continue to recruit and hold on to the talent that’s there, and (Fairley) will obviously make some changes.”

Also part of this package is the new public safety inspector general that will have power to investigate police misconduct and patterns and practices.

Next up, the city will debate and vote on a citizen accountability board that will have the ultimate power over all of these oversight agencies.

Trump Plaza

Also Wednesday at City Council, 46 aldermen signed a proposal aimed at taking action against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. They cite his comments on Mexicans, Muslims and on the city of Chicago as a war zone. Aldermen have introduced an ordinance to take away an honorary street sign designating a small outdoor area as “Trump Plaza,” located off of Dearborn near the Trump Tower.

“After all of the comments that Mr. Trump has made, we feel that repealing that sign is appropriate, that there is no reason to honor him in our great city,” said Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st Ward).

“We reserve these street signs to honor people that move us forward, and what he’s doing is disparaging us, our reputation, and negatively impacting our tourism economy and other critical investments in this city,” said Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward),  who has received campaign money from Trump. He says he will return it with the street sign.

One of the aldermen who did not sign onto the ordinance is Ed Burke (14th Ward), whose property tax law firm has Trump Tower as a client.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully it will be an agency of true reform. My brothers have suffered the abuse of many white police officers.

more fetal more murders said...

So the corrupt and inept IPRA staff including Fairley has job protection while the officers lost a lot of job protections and rights?
Shut down officers.
Goals
700 +murders for 2016
800+murders for 2017
900+murders for 2019
Stay fetal

Anonymous said...

It makes me feel a lot better knowing staying fetal is justified by this COPA bullshit. Now I will do even less, fuck you niggers and eat shit.

Anonymous said...

Don't do any work and you have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said...

This is the best thing for chicago police department

Anonymous said...

Trump will unleash a vortex of diahrea on the unfaithful! Can't wait

ALDO PURPLE RAINE said...

Imagine a city with no niggers. Probably wouldn't need 50 alderman. Hell, you probably wouldn't need a police department

Anonymous said...

how is the hiring process going?

Anonymous said...

prepare for anal probe

Anonymous said...

Honorary street signs are a fucking joke. Take them all down.

Anonymous said...

Nelson Mandela Ave.sign is still safe thank gawd.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the next thing the alderman can vote on is a law that prevents corruption in city government and contracts too! LOL

Anonymous said...

Welcome to your Communist Run Police Department, keep voting Democrat, you fuckin Fools

Anonymous said...

Trump is right, this shithole is a war zone.

Anonymous said...

Chelsea wanted government contracts for her friend what a great family.

Anonymous said...

Rahm and the boys rested and recharged from
The recent soiree in Southern Florida, way down
Key West Way. Though recreational in nature,
The boys did manage to get some business done,
Specifically in the form of COPA. This entity was
Hashed out (no pun intended) in long evening into
Morning sessions fueled by crab legs, lobster, ceviche,
Champagne, and Cuervo Gold. Much like the creation
Of The Federal Reserve Bank at Jekyll Island, the
Creation of COPA was done in secret. All participants
Secured individual transportation to Key West, so as
Not to arouse suspicion from group travel. The boys
Did the traditional tourist menu: deep sea fishing, bikes
(both manual and motorized), bar crawls, and even a day
Trip to Fort Jefferson. All the while they deflected attention
While attending secret sessions in the evenings plotting the
Future of Chicago and the creation of the entity known as COPA.

Anonymous said...

PROUD UNION HOME(o's) SAY:

You CPD are now all good Communists. Congratulations Comrades

Viva the Revolution ! Viva our Dictator in Chief Obamao !
Soon we will have ubercommunisto Hillarbama to lead us into our worldwide domination. The struggle has turned in our direction after all these years !
Viva Rahmbama, Viva, Viva,Viva la Revolutione! Viva the end of your silly Constitutioné, silly peasants. Now you will work for us and do what we tell you to, or la Federales will put you in our Interment Camp Dungeons.
Viva our Muslim Comrades, and BLM Members, for your contributions to our struggle. Viva the Brothers of the Struggle. Viva !

Anonymous said...

PROUD UNION HOME(o's) SAY:

You CPD are now all good Communists. Congratulations Comrades

Viva the Revolution ! Viva our Dictator in Chief Obamao !
Soon we will have ubercommunisto Hillarbama to lead us into our worldwide domination. The struggle has turned in our direction after all these years !
Viva Rahmbama, Viva, Viva,Viva la Revolutione! Viva the end of your silly Constitutioné, silly peasants. Now you will work for us and do what we tell you to, or la Federales will put you in our Interment Camp Dungeons.
Viva our Muslim Comrades, and BLM Members, for your contributions to our struggle. Viva the Brothers of the Struggle. Viva !

Anonymous said...

About fucking time.

Anonymous said...

Same thing...different name....move along.....

Anonymous said...



Yeah, these assholes are blaming Trump. How much revenue and tax money is generated by that hotel. How much money was paid out in wages and permit fees while the building was being constructed?? How much money is now being paid out in wages and taxes to operate this hotel on a daily basis????
Now, HOW MUCH MONEY IS BEING GENERATED IN THE WARDS OF THESE ALDERMAN WHO ARE BEEFING ABOUT TRUMP?????????
We all know that those sewer wards are just bleeding out the tax revenue and contribute nothing but DEATH and DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

honorary street signs???love the one for EMMETT TILL. THE DICK WAVING NIGGER THAT GOT OFFED FOR SHOWING HIS COCK TO A WHITE LADY IN MISSISSIPPI AND COMMITED SUCIIDE IN 1950S SOUTH,NOT A WORD ABOUT HIS ""DADDY" WHO GOT EXECUTED IN ITALY IN WW11 FOR RAPE AND MURDER THO,,,

Anonymous said...

No need for ANY taxes

Anonymous said...

by law it will get at least 1 percent of the Police Department budget.

Fuck em

Anonymous said...

I don't, Bourbon street heartburn will kill me before a bullet

Anonymous said...

I like The Donald.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Nelson Mandela Ave.sign is still safe thank gawd.

October 6, 2016 at 10:06 AM

COMMUNIST TERRORIST TOO BAD JANUSZ WALUS DIDN'T KILL HIM TOO!!

Henny Youngman said...

At the copa (CO!) Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the copa (CO!) Copacabana
Fucking the Police will always be the fashion
At the copa....

I'm here all week, try the veal.

Anonymous said...

COPA like in CABANA? His name was Rico he wore a diamond, at the COPA....COPA CABANA the hottest club this side of Havana. ♠️

Aldo Raine said...

You Oinkers seem to have a very hard time figuring out that it's been literally screamed at you to do nothing but collect a paycheck for years now. What's so fucking hard to figure out?

Anonymous said...

Wow....Hairston was the only black alderman to vote no...bought off, perhaps?

Anonymous said...

I keep on dancin' (keep on)
Keep on doin' the Jerk right now
Shake it, shake it, baby
Come on & show me how you work
THE GENTRYS
"Keep On Dancing"
1965

Anonymous said...

@7:34AM
Surely you jest about "your brothers."
If you are indeed a real Nigger, GET THE
FUCK OFF OUR WHITE SITE!

Anonymous said...

Micks, a Pollock, and the rest Dagos

Anonymous said...

dateline: Lower Keys
Key West not evacuated (winds about 20 mph)
Fort Jefferson also clear and safe (massive brick
fort in Dry Tortugas).
Rahm & Company could have stayed in the Keys
and been perfectly safe. Jewish luck.
Check for updates: Key West Diary (911 dispatcher
in Key West) and also Key West Live Cam (outside
Sloppy Joe's Bar)

Anonymous said...

I fucked a pig once. Knocked it up. Had a transgendered kid.
Hello Aldo, my son/daughter.

Anonymous said...

bourbon street posters mom farts will kill me before a bullet or heartburn.

Anonymous said...

You gots a lot of brothers. Did your daddy do anything except sire useless thug chilluns?

Anonymous said...

Aldo is right on. Why the fuck would you do anything in a nigger hood or for a nigger in this political climate?? THEY HATE YOU.

Anonymous said...

Music and passion were always the fashion. At the Copa. Copa-Cabana.

Gerardo said...

RICO........... SUaaaaaave!

Anonymous said...

Her name was Lo-la, she was a dancer... vaguely remember that song