Mell one for three on police accountability measures
As we mourn the recent deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher, this sign in the window of Ald. Mell's office has been encouraging constituents to call the police.
But who do we call when the police are the problem?
A delegation of 33rd Ward Working Families members met the alderman this Monday to discuss upcoming ordinances on police accountability measures and encourage her vote on three important measures.
NO on the so-called Blue Lives Matter ordinance.
Mell: NO.We were happy to hear that Ald. Mell agreed with us on this vote and said she would not support the measure.
NO on the mayor's COPA proposal.
Mell: Leaning YES.Ald. Mell indicated she was leaning toward a yes vote should it come to the floor on Wednesday. Though the details of this ordinance were still being worked out at the time of our meeting, we had strong concerns about the independence of this proposed office and specifically that Mayor Emanuel would control it through the appointment of a hand-picked superintendent. To us, mayoral control is part of the problem, not a solution to it.
YES on the CPAC ordinance.
Mell: NO. We believe that CPAC represents the most promising option in terms of real accountability, independence and community control. Ald. Mell expressed opposition to the idea of an elected board, saying that the mayor should be entitled to appoint his or her own superintendent and that elections could be easily corrupted. (Let that last point sink in for a minute.)
COPA is scheduled to come up for a vote Wednesday morning.