Prof. Randolph Stone and Lori Lightfoot, '89, Appointed to Chicago's Task Force on Police Accountability

Mayor Emanuel Announces Task Force on Police Accountability

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the creation of a task force to review the system of accountability, oversight and training that is currently in place for Chicago’s police officers. The Task Force on Police Accountability will recommend reforms to the current system to improve independent oversight of police misconduct, ensure officers with repeated complaints are identified and evaluated appropriately, and establish best practice for release of videos of police-involved incidents.

“The shooting of Laquan McDonald requires more than just words,” Mayor Emanuel said. “It requires that we act; that we take more concrete steps to prevent such abuses in the future, secure the safety and the rights of all Chicagoans, and build stronger bonds of trust between our police and the communities they’re sworn to serve.”

The task force will be co-chaired by five respected leaders in criminal justice:

  • Sergio Acosta is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson and a former federal prosecutor
  • Joe Ferguson is Inspector General of the City of Chicago and a former federal prosecutor
  • Hiram Grau is the former Director of the Illinois State Police and former Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
  • Lori Lightfoot is president of the Chicago Police Board, a partner at Mayer Brown and a former federal prosecutor
  • Randolph Stone is a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic, and a former Cook County Public Defender

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