Rahm Emanuel is playing defense. Badly. Newly appointed police review board chief to announce staffing overhaul
The Illinois legislature is considering allowing recall elections for mayors. Or at least mayors of Chicago. (I haven’t paid attention to the kerfuffle, but there are numerous state laws in the People’s Republic of Illinois that only apply to cities over a certain population… that is only apply to Chicago.) So against that backdrop, and the insanity that has been Chicago politics for my lifetime, Rahm decided that he needed to revamp the Independent Police Review Authority or IPRA. Most feel that it is/was too little, too late.
Fairley was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in early December. Her formal introduction came hours after the U.S. Justice Department announced a wide-ranging civil rights probe into the Chicago Police Department, including its use of deadly force.
Of the 409 police shootings in Chicago investigated by IPRA since 2007 (when it was created), only 2 have been deemed “not justified.” And it took years for those decisions to be made.
Now Fairley is revamping the staff. I’m sure that will make all the difference in the world.
For those of you with short memories, Rahm Emanuel was part of the Obama Administration before he decided to run for mayor.
And for those of you not up on Illinois history, the last time a Republican was mayor of Chicago was in 1931.