Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35th Ward) has attempted to bring the CPAC ordinance to the City Council floor to be voted on April 18th. However, Alderman Reboyras is blocking the motion by putting CPAC up for a vote during the upcoming Public Safety Committee meeting. This is an attempt to silence this movement, but we will NEVER be defeated! We need to PACK THE ROOM ON APRIL 17TH at 9AM to STAND FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND CPAC NOW!!
A massive upsurge and movement has rocked Chicago ever since the court-ordered release, over the objections of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, of the police video of the murder of Laquan McDonald by the murdering cop Jason Van Dyke. The people of Chicago are demanding community control (not oversight) of the police. Over 50,000 people have signed postcards to their aldermen demanding passage of the ordinance establishing a democratically elected, all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).
The ordinance creating and empowering CPAC has been languishing in the City Council Public Safety Committee since July 2016, endorsed by 9 aldermen. Meanwhile, Mayor Emmanuel has been in the shadows manipulating the City Council into passing legislation that merely gives the appearance of reform but in substance remains a system of covering up police crimes. We must continue to heighten the fight for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).
We Must Support Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa who is invoking Rule 41 thus bringing CPAC out of the Public Safety Committee and putting it on the City Council floor to be voted on. Please make space in your calendar for this historic event. This is the first time in the history of Chicago that an Ordinance empowering the people to hold the police accountable for their crimes and establishing community control of the police has been brought to the City Council floor. We must be there!!!