Help Us Hold The FOP And Chicago Police Department Accountable
Chicago has a serious problem with violent and unaccountable policing, and one of the biggest obstacles to accountability and reform is the Fraternal Order of Police, and their contract with the city. Police should not be above the law, but provisions in their contract have allowed them to assault, brutalize, and kill Black people without any real consequence.The epidemic of police violence and corruption will continue until we change the rules and hold the police accountable like everyone else.
The Fraternal Order of Police has refused to even consider common sense reforms, which isn’t surprising from an organization that attacks victims of police abuse and defends officers no matter what they do. But after hearing from concerned citizens, a large portion of the council has committed to voting no against any new contract that does not implement changes to the contract outlined in the Framework for Community Control over Police advanced by grassroots organizations like the BlackRoots Alliance, of which the Workers Center for Racial Justice is a founding member.
The city is in contract negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police, whose contract expires June 30th. The city council will need to approve any agreement reached between the FOP and the city, and a big part of the council (including the entire Black caucus) has already committed to vote against any new contract that continues to put police above the law.
Now, we need to increase the pressure on the rest of the council to make sure we have the votes to block any contract that doesn't’t contain key reforms that will prevent police from operating with impunity.
Tell Chicago city council members to oppose any new contract that puts police above the law. Add your name to this petition hosted by our allies at Color of Change.
In Unity and Struggle,
DeAngelo, Katelyn, Tanya and the rest of the Workers Center for Racial Justice and BlackRoots Alliance team