On June 14, 2017, we filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and CPD. On August 21, 2017, the City responded to our lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss and a motion to strike allegations from our complaints. On August 29, 2017, the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, filed a separate lawsuit against the City of Chicago and CPD. On October 4, 2017, ACLU and other organizations filed their lawsuit against the City of Chicago and CPD. On March 21, 2018, the City agreed to stop fighting our lawsuit. What resulted was the creation of a MOA that gives us, and other plaintiffs, the legal right to enforce the provisions and process of creating a consent decree through the courts. On May 15, 2018, we released the People’s Consent Decree proposal. We call for the removal of all CPD officers from Chicago Public Schools, the implementation of an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), the creation of a Behavior Health Unit – as a non-carceral and independent entity from policing – organized to provide immediate psycho-social crisis intervention and treatment, the prohibition of police harassment of families who’s loved ones have been killed by police, the creation of Rekia’s Fund to provide immediate payment to families who’s loved ones were killed by police, prohibition of police trolling & dropping people in opposing gang territory, and a whole lot more.
We have no illusions. What we propose offers systemic methods of limiting police brutality, terror, harm, and murder in order to reign in the behemoth of systemic police violence which currently operates with impunity by all levels of government, locally and nationally and has been enabled by both the Democratic and Republican parties. These proposals have been written by and with families who have survived police killings, violence and terror and offers a small glimpse into the creation of a new society where the people who are most affected by the injustice of these systems have control and power. Our proposal reflects the wants and needs of the people most impacted by police violence, terror and killing. We will not accept anything less than full application of our proposal. We are not interested in what is politically opportune, or currently in fashion with the mainstream status quo, as many human rights atrocities have occurred (and continue to occur) under the guise of “mainstream” support including genocide, slavery and torture – we are interested in true justice and power for our people in order to remove the shackles of systemic violence and brutality from our daily lives. Read our statement on this process here.
Visit CPDClassAction.com for more in-depth information and documentation of the entire process.
Below are shareable graphics and links to detailed sections of our proposal
Video from May 15, 2018 Press Conference in two parts: