Police reform: Will Chicago Police Department enforce court-ordered consent decree after Robert Boik fired?

Police reform: Will Chicago Police Department enforce court-ordered consent decree after Robert Boik fired?

CHICAGO (TOC) — How dedicated is the Chicago Police Division to imposing the court-ordered consent decree mandating police reform? That’s the query some are asking following the firing of Robert Boik, the previous government director of constitutional reform and policing at CPD.

“To have his pressing request for extra personnel denied after which take much more folks out of the reform effort, to me, appears to point an absence of dedication,” mentioned Susan Lee, former deputy mayor for public security.

Boik was fired Tuesday by Superintendent David Brown after he despatched an e-mail calling on Brown to reverse a choice to relocate 46 officers from his division again road patrol as a part of the police division’s effort to bolster its presence in scorching spots across the metropolis, together with CTA.

A transfer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned she helps.

“Each single bureau has mentioned sure. There will be no exceptions. Interval,” the mayor mentioned.

Within the e-mail, obtained by ABC7, Boik mentioned the personnel loss will:

Stop the division from providing a gender-based violence courseDiminish the disaster intervention coaching programPut the division’s consent-decree compliance at riskEvery single officer will fall wanting 40 hours of coaching this 12 months

“They want the precise coaching on the road after they have the cut up second determination to make, so, to me, that is the larger concern,” Lee mentioned.

Whereas CPD has refused to touch upon the firing, aside from to say Boik not works there, the mayor Wednesday rejected Boik’s general claims.

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“I’ve been very, very clear that I’m dedicated to creating positive that we proceed to make progress on police reform. That sacrosanct. We’ll by no means take any steps again,” Mayor Lightfoot mentioned.

Boik himself has not spoken out since his firing. A substitute to his place has already been made.

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