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Chicago police officers keep watch as Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters participate in a car caravan around a rally in Daley Plaza in the Loop to call for the Chicago Board of Education to vote to end a $33 million contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Collective bargaining agreements for officers provide protections that stand in the way of accountability, even when the federal government is overseeing an agency through a consent decree, experts said. 

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(WTTW News)

The case stems from a yearslong battle between the city of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police, which has argued that its collective bargaining agreement requires complaint files be destroyed after five years.

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Chicago police officers monitor a crowd of protesters following the death of George Floyd. (WTTW News)

The conditions under which Chicago police officers can use force will be reviewed by a new community working group, but even before its work begins in earnest the group itself is under a degree of scrutiny.

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Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

John Catanzara says he’s “not too concerned” with the opinions of his critics, and he’s hopeful that he’ll be able to secure what the Chicago police union has lacked for nearly three years: a contract with the city.

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John Catanzara (WTTW News)

Chicago’s new and outspoken police union President John Catanzara said Sunday there’s been mixed reaction to his election, but he’s coming into the job with backing at the highest level: the White House.

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John Catanzara (WTTW News)

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 announced Friday night that John Catanzara had won a runoff election with 55% of the vote – earning 4,708 votes to incumbent Kevin Graham’s 3,872.

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Kevin Graham appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 5, 2018. (WTTW News)

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 president says he’d like to see increased sanitizing procedures for Chicago police officers and vehicles, as well as greater precautions taken at individual police stations. 

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Kevin Graham appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 7, 2019. (WTTW News)

Officers in Chicago’s largest police union will have a choice in their leadership next month as the organization enters its third straight year without a contract, a department overhaul and an impending decision on a new superintendent.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 14, 2017. (WTTW News)

Leaders from Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police are criticizing Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the subject of an ongoing investigation into a driving incident who said this week he plans to skip President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Chicago.

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Kevin Graham appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 7, 2019.

“I hope that (Kim Foxx) suddenly realizes that this is what her job is and that she needs to do it," FOP President Kevin Graham said Tuesday. “If she can’t, she needs to step down and let somebody else do it.”

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February 2019 file photos show an appearance by Chicago police union President Kevin Graham on “Chicago Tonight” and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaking at a news conference in Chicago (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato).

“Ms. Foxx needs to resign and she should do it quickly,” Chicago police union President Kevin Graham said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

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This Feb. 22, 2019 file photo shows Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaking at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File)

The Chicago police union’s president alleges that the county’s top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself.

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert, left, attend Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

In the wake of two historic cases, a discussion with two central figures in the story of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald: journalist Jamie Kalven and former police union president Dean Angelo.

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Rendering of a new police and fire academy slated for Chicago’s West Side. (Courtesy Chicago Infrastructure Trust)

To call last week in Chicago City Council “eventful” might be an understatement. We discuss the latest with a panel of Chicago aldermen.

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The number of beat cops in Chicago is down despite a promised hiring surge, according to two new reports. We speak with two local journalists and the head of the police union.

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(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s largest police union is fighting the use of body cameras. Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham explains why.