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City of Chicago Police Board takes action on two cases involving police officers

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By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 31, 2016

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City of Chicago Police Board met Thursday, Oct. 27.

Here are the minutes as provided by Chicago:

POLICE BOARD CITY OF CHICAGO

PUBLIC MEETING

CHICAGO PUBLIC SAFETY HEADQUARTERS 3510 SOUTH MCHIGAN AVENUE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016, 7:30 P.M.

MINUTES Draft

Board Members Present: President Lori E. Lightfoot (via audio conference), Vice President Ghian Foreman, Eva-Dina Delgado, Michael Eaddy, Rita A. Fry (via audio conference), John H. Simpson, and Rhoda D. Sweeney.

Board Members Absent: None.

Others Present: First Deputy Superintendent of Police Kevin Navarro, First Assistant General Counsel to the Superintendent William Bazarek, Independent Police Review Authority Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley, Police Board Executive Director Max A. Caproni, and members of the public.

Vice President Foreman called the meeting to order. He reported that President Lightfoot and Ms. Fry are unable to attend the meeting in person and wish to attend via audio conference. Mr. Simpson moved to permit attendance via audio conference. The motion passed by a vote of 5 in favor (Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed.

1. Mr. Simpson moved to approve the minutes of the Board's regular public meeting held on September 15, 2016. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed.

2. Vice President Foreman announced that the Board's next regular public meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at Chicago Public Safety Headquarters. Mr. Simpson moved to close a series of executive sessions of the Board for the purposes of considering litigation and personnel matters, as authorized by sections 2(c)(1), (3), (4), and (11) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed.

3. Vice President Foreman stated that a report of disciplinary actions taken by the Board during the previous month appears in the blue books made available at the meeting, and he noted that this report and the Board's written findings and decisions are posted on the Board's website. He then announced that the Board considered in a closed meeting one disciplinary case, and that the Board will now take final action on this case.

Case No. 6 PB 2906. Mr. Simpson moved to find Police Officer John Welch guilty of being de-certified as a law enforcement officer due to a felony conviction, and to discharge him from the Chicago Police Department. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed. Mr. Simpson moved to adopt the written findings and decision that have been reviewed by all Board members who participated in the case. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed.

Vice President Foreman stated that the decision in the above case will be entered as of today's date and will be issued to the parties, and that a copy of the written decision will be posted on the Board's website within ten business days pursuant to the Municipal Code of Chicago.

Ms. Delgado reported that pursuant to Section 2-57-060(c) of the Municipal Code of Chicago, a panel of three members of Police Board, as authorized by the Open Meetings Act, considered in a closed meeting one matter on which the Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority and the Superintendent of Police did not agree regarding the discipline of two officers. Ms. Delgado announced that the members of the panel-Board Members Delgado, Eaddy, and Fry-will now take final action to resolve the issue regarding the recommendations for discipline.

Case Nos. 16 RP 03 & 04. Ms. Delgado reported that these cases involve allegations that Sergeant Luis Lopez and Police Officer Daniel Feliciano engaged in an unauthorized vehicle pursuit and made false reports. She further reported that the Chief Administrator recommended sustaining all allegations and discharging both officers from the Chicago Police Department, and that the Superintendent did not concur regarding the allegations of making false reports and recommended that both officers be suspended for 90 days. Rev. Eaddy moved to find that the Superintendent's response does not meet the burden of overcoming the Chief Administrator's recommendations for discipline. The motion passed by a vote of 3 in favor (Delgado, Eaddy, and Fry) to 0 opposed.

4. Vice President Foreman announced that copies of the general orders and other directives issued by the Superintendent of Police during the previous month are listed in the blue books and are available on the Police Department's website.

5. Vice President Foreman noted that the next item of business is the Superintendent's report. Mr. Simpson moved that the oral presentation be waived, and that the report be received in writing. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed.

6. Vice President Foreman called upon those members of the public who had signed up in advance to speak. (See the transcript of the meeting, posted on the Board's website, for a complete report of the discussion.)

Milyjai Stewart, Jona Rogers, Brianna Crosby, and Bianca Crosby, students at Uplift Community High School, spoke about their studies of predictive policing programs being used by the Chicago Police Department, and suggested several alternatives. Board members congratulated the students on an excellent presentation.

Cornelius Longstreet stated that he is a retired police officer and asked how the community can become involved in the system for handling allegations of police misconduct. Chief Administrator Fairley discussed several opportunities for community involvement in the oversight system.

Darlene Barnett expressed her concerns on the Police Department's CAPS program. First Deputy Superintendent Navarro responded and offered to meet Ms. Barnett after the meeting to address her specific concerns.

Pamela Hunt expressed her concerns about racism on the police force.

Robert More spoke on a variety of matters.

Queen Sister spoke on a variety of matters

Vice President Foreman called upon the following individuals and there was no response: Crista Noel, Eric Russell, and George Blakemore.

Vice President Foreman stated that all persons that had signed up in advance to speak had been called. Mr. Simpson moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed by a vote of 7 in favor (Lightfoot, Foreman, Delgado, Eaddy, Fry, Simpson, and Sweeney) to 0 opposed. Vice President Foreman announced that the meeting is adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/Max A. Caproni Executive Director

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