CU leaders as part of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) have led efforts in engaging thousands of community residents from across the city to develop recommendations to improve police-community relations. These recommendations have turned into specific policy proposals to create a Community Commission for Public Safety that will allow Chicago residents to be fully engaged in the process to evaluate and oversee police reforms.
CU leaders also led efforts along with other community organizations across the city representing individuals with disabilities, and filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago to ensure the needs and demands of people with disabilities were included in the City’s negotiations on a consent decree with the Illinois Attorney General. Community leaders who had been directly impacted by police abuse spent more than a year and half negotiating and testifying on the need to reform the police department. Today, the consent decree has gone into effect, and community leaders will be closely monitoring its implementation.
If you would like more information on our police accountability work, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Laqueanda Reneau at [email protected].