Chicago Police Accountability Activists Score Temporary Victory as City Council Postpones Vote on Cop Academy

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By Aaron Cynic

The Chicago City Council postponed a planned vote on building a new $95 million police academy on the City’s West Side on Tuesday amid a contentious City Council meeting that saw hundreds of protesters in and outside the building.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of the “public safety training” campus in July of 2017, to be built on 30.4 acres of vacant, privately owned land in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, made up of two buildings that would include conference rooms, labs, simulators, a dive training pool, shooting range, and space for “active scenario training.” Since this announcement, community activists have been organizing to oppose the academy, saying the money should be spent on resources such as schools and mental health clinics for the community.