Craig Futterman Discusses the Chicago Mayor’s Role in Policing as Vote Nears

Community policing and vote for police district councils becoming a focus of upcoming election, candidates for mayor

As the nation grapples with the police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, and as Chicagoans prepare to vote for mayor Feb. 28, crime remains at or near the list of top issues candidates are sparring over with a few weeks to go before votes are counted.


Law professor Craig Futterman, director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago, said he believes in community policing, but in the “original and true version” of it, which isn’t what Chicago has experienced.

“That is policing in which there’s a partnership between police and community, with community being the senior partner, meaning that the police are both a part of, responsible and accountable to the community,” he said.

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