March 24, 2017 2:24 pm

Independent consultant releases first report on the stop and protective pat down agreement between Chicago and the ACLU

stop frisk logo carFormer U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys released his first semiannual report pursuant to the 2015 investigatory stop and protective pat down agreement between the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department and the ACLU of Illinois.

Under the agreement, Judge Keys was retained to review and validate CPD’s policies and practices relating to investigatory stops and protective pat downs. He is assessing CPD policies and training, evaluating data, and issuing reports that measure CPD’s progress toward meeting the agreement’s goal of ensuring that CPD’s policies and practices are in substantial compliance with applicable laws. The first report reflects Judge Keys’ analysis of data collected during the first six months of 2016.

While report concludes that the agreement’s goal has not yet been fully achieved, the report lauds the parties for working together in good faith and the City and CPD for taking many positive steps toward implementing the agreement’s terms.

“The report documents the City’s dedication to fully adopting the new policies and procedures,” said Edward N. Siskel, Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. “We look forward to working with the ACLU and Judge Keys as the City makes continual improvements.”

“We always knew that the issues raised by investigatory stops would not be fully addressed in a single report or by looking at a single set of data,” said Karen Sheley, Director of the Police Practices Project at the ACLU of Illinois. “Judge Keys’ report is a first step in ensuring oversight of this practice. The ACLU looks forward to working with the City and Judge Keys to ensure that all stops on Chicago streets meet constitutional and legal standards.”

The report is available on the websites of both the Chicago Department of Law and the ACLU of Illinois, and can also be downloaded from Dropbox.

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