On Wednesday April 27 at the Corboy Law Center panelists discussed the task force’s report and its ramifications for future policymaking, people’s lawyering, and activism.
On April 13, 2016, the mayor-appointed Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report released a scathing indictment of the state of the Chicago Police Department. Many applauded the report’s candor, empirical data, and “painful but necessary reckoning.” Others blasted the absence of community members on the task force, an inadequate critique of the City’s disinvestment in mental health, the (over) emphasis on CPD’s “history,” and, above all, the report’s reiteration of lived experiences that have been ignored, dismissed, and appropriated for generations.
Paul Strauss, director of impact litigation
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Stan Willis, civil rights and criminal defense attorney
The Law Offices of Standish E. Willis, Ltd.
Cosette Hampton, youth activist and organizer
Black Youth Project 100
Alan Raphael, professor of law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law