New Police Accountability Agency Pledges New Era At Time Of High Tension

By Heather Cherone | September 15, 2017

 The main door to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability's offices in West Town.

The main door to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability’s offices in West Town.

DNAinfo/Heather Cherone

CHICAGO — Goodbye, IPRA. Hello, COPA.

“The Friday launch of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability comes a year after being created by aldermen reeling from furor that enveloped the city after the release of a dashcam video showing a police officer fatally shoot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. It  will start the clock ticking on the latest effort to hold Chicago police accountable for misconduct and close the book on the beleaguered Independent Police Review Authority.

But even as COPA chief administrator Sharon Fairley celebrates the creation of the new agency — “from scratch,” she said Thursday in an interview in the agency’s West Town offices — the hard work of convincing skeptical Chicagoans that officers who abuse the public trust will be punished will begin.”

By Heather Cherone, September 15, DNAInfo.com, 2017New Police Accountability Agency Pledges New Era At Time Of High Tension, https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170915/west-town/civilian-office-police-accountability-independent-review-authority-mayor-rahm-emanuel-sharon-fairley

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