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Aldermen Osterman, Moore Hosting Police Accountability Hearing At Senn

By Linze Rice | August 8, 2016 6:02am
 Johnae Strong lived up to her last name as she spoke of the
Johnae Strong lived up to her last name as she spoke of the "terrorism" made against black women across America at the hands of police during a Police Accountability Task Force meeting in Rogers Park in February.
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EDGEWATER — Aldermen Harry Osterman (48th) and Joe Moore (49th) will host a police accountability hearing Tuesday to go over the city's recommendations to implement changes in the police department.

After video was released last year of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago Police officer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel convened a Police Accountability Task Force who held a series of public meetings around the city — including one at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park that ended early after a demonstration erupted inside.

In April, the task force released its recommendations based on the community meetings and determined the police department would have to confront a history of racism and a "code of silence" if it wants to "create a partnership between the police and the community."

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Osterman, who is a member of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, and Moore, the chairman of the Council’s North Side Police Accountability Subcommittee, will host a meeting at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., that goes over those recommendations.

The meeting will be the first of several across the city, and will explore task force recommendations such as replacing the Independent Police Review Agency with a civilian-led group, as well as implementing a Public Safety Auditor to investigate misconduct allegations.

Other meetings will be held:

• 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Little Village Lawndale High School, 3120 S. Kostner Ave.

• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd.

• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at North Grand High School, 4338 W. Wabansia Ave. 

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