Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is delaying the introduction of a plan to get rid of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace it with some type of civilian agency.
The mayor had planned to introduce the proposal at the June 22 Chicago City Council meeting. But, following concerns from aldermen about the measure, the city council will now hold two subject matter hearings, one on July 6 and another on July 7, to gather public input on the issue.
"We believe that taking this extra step to engage the public will ensure that the final ordinance language reflects the views, voices and deeply-held beliefs of Chicago citizens," Alds. Carrie Austin (34th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th), the respective chairmans of the budget and public safety committees, said in a letter announcing the hearings.
Introduction of the proposed IPRA ordinance is now slated for the July 20 Chicago City Council meeting.
Emanuel's plan to replace IPRA with a civilian agency piggybacks off recommendations issued by the mayor's Police Accountability Task Force. The task force said IPRA is "badly broken" and should be replaced with an independent "Civilian Police Investigative Agency."