BetterGov's Leven: the Community Commission for Public Safety is reform with a capital R
For nearly three years, Chicago has been pushing forward, even if it often feels like the city is going backward or side-to-side in a whirlwind of police reform. Now, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) has thrown another major proposal into the mix that would create a powerful voice for community input in Chicago policing. It’s also a major piece of the systemic change recommended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force. And while controversial, the new proposal might bring some stability to a volatile period for Chicago police oversight. The community commission also would add a new cost to the city’s budget and could change the way residents engage with policing in Chicago.