FOP President Dean Angelo Responds to Task Force Recommendations
The mayor's attempts to make changes at the embattled police department comes at a time where police stops are down 90 percent and shootings are up 80 percent, which hit the dubious tally of 1,000 shootings in Chicago weeks earlier than the last four years.
Documents: Chicago FOP’s analysis of Chicago gun arrests by ward, narcotics arrests by ward and homicides by ward using data from the Chicago Police Department. Documents, provided by the FOP, are unedited.
Some reforms include de-escalation training to avoid the use of deadly force, crisis intervention training for dealing with people with mental illness, faster investigations into alleged police wrongdoing and new guidelines for disciplining officers.
These new policies follow changes that were already in the pipeline: more body cameras on police officers, more Tasers, and how quickly police-involved-shooting videos are released.
Immediately after the report came out, Dean Angelo, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, called the accusation of racism in the CPD “biased.” Host Phil Ponce asked what Angelo’s reaction is now that some time has passed since the report's release on April 13.
“I'm still of that opinion, that it's biased,” Angelo said, criticizing the task force’s approach to analyzing “numbers, statistics and data.”
“I think what happened with this report was that ... they shared information that was a snapshot of some of these statistics that they reported,” he said, referring to the report’s finding that stops by Chicago police officers disproportionately affect people of color.
“They rate that as a reason why we are racist,” Angelo said. “Police officers don't go to areas of color when they're working; they go to areas of crime.”
As to whether he believes there is systemic racism in the CPD, Angelo said he’s never seen evidence to support that.
"In my 36 years, when a police officer dons that blue shirt and they go to work, they’re not biased in any way, shape or form,” he said.
Code of silence
The task force report also took aim at the so-called police code of silence: “The collective bargaining agreements between the police unions and the City have essentially turned the code of silence into official policy,” the report reads.
"Again, I don't know where that came from,” Angelo said when asked by Ponce for his reaction to the report’s finding. “If [the task force] had concerns about the contract, if they had concerns about how it protects or throws this umbrella of secrecy over the process, they could have picked up the phone.”
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