NEAR WEST SIDE — The Police Accountability Task Force convened last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel will hold four public meetings around the city next month, according to a Wednesday announcement.
In December, Emanuel charged the five-member body with drawing up a list of recommendations for reforms within the Chicago Police Department, to be handed to the mayor by March 31.
Each open meeting will include a one-hour presentation by the group, followed by a two-hour public comment period, according to the announcement.
The meetings will be held at the following dates and locations:
• Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the JLM Life Center on the Near West Side, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd.
• Thursday, Feb. 11 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.
• Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen, 1450 W. Cermak Road.
• Thursday, Feb. 25 at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, 6631 N. Bosworth Ave.
Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with registration opening at 5:30 p.m.
“The job of the Task Force is to lay the foundation that will restore trust between the police and the communities they serve by facing hard truths and creating a roadmap for real and lasting transparency, respectful engagement, accountability and constructive change," task force chair Lori Lightfoot was quoted as saying in a Wednesday news release. "To do that effectively, we need to hear from Chicago’s community residents.”
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