CHICAGO — A new agreement has been reached between the state and the city of Chicago that would require police officers to document every time they point a gun at someone. The requirement is part of a deal reached this week by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The plan, which is still subject to approval by a federal judge in Chicago, would overhaul the Chicago Police Department under court supervision.
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Starting in July of 2019, officers would need to notify the Office of Emergency Management and Communications if they point a gun at someone. The office would then notify a supervisor, who would have to review and document the incident. The information would then be passed along to a designated CPD unit for an audit, which must be completed within 30 days.
Officers would also be required to undergo new weapons training that would focus on when officers should and should not point a firearm at a person.
The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents most Chicago officers, said the new requirement may cause cops to hesitate before defending themselves. But CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that unholstering a gun and having it at the ready wouldn’t have to be recorded.
“Knowing when police officers point their guns at someone will allow CPD to improve officer and community safety,” Madigan said in a media release. “I believe this is critical in achieving true reform of the Chicago Police Department.”
The new requirement is one of many police reforms that Madigan has been negotiating with Emanuel for nearly a year. City and state officials reached an agreement on a consent decree outlining the reforms in July.
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