ACLU Demands Police Ask Permission To Arrest People Who Assault Cops, Resist

Activist groups protested the draft of the proposed Chicago police consent decree at the mayor's office on Tuesday.

Chicago, IL – Activists groups are asking a judge to scale back Chicago police officers' power to arrest, even when the suspect assault them.

They say that the city's proposed consent decree doesn't go far enough.

“The proposed consent decree released by the city and the office of the attorney general falls far short of what’s required in order to end the reign of lawlessness and brutality that we’ve endured under this police department,” Jonathan Projansky, of Black Lives Matter Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

Members of Black Lives Matter, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a number of attorneys gathered in front of the mayor’s office in city hall on Tuesday to protest the draft agreement.

The activist groups want the Chicago Police Department to implement a policy that tells officers to use the “least intrusive response appropriate under the circumstances as reasonably understood by the officer at the time” in dealing with minor offenses, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In their proposed version of the agreement, officers would be encouraged to give warnings or divert people to “mediation or public health program(s)” rather making arrests and writing them tickets.

And they want officers to have to seek approval from a supervisor before making an arrest for a host of crimes from gambling and prostitution to obstructing, resisting, or assaulting a police officer, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The ACLU and Black Lives Matter want officers to have to write a report every time they point a Taser or a gun at a person, or any time they even draw their weapons.

This particular issue has been a sticking point during negotiations as the state attorney general’s office demanded all those incidents be reported and Chicago city officials pushed back, citing the amount of time required that would keep officer away from street patrol.

Activists groups have also demanded that the Chicago PD enact a foot pursuit policy. The draft of the consent decree would allow the creation of that policy but does not require it, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The proposed agreement included changes to the protocol for handling people dealing with mental health issues, but the activist groups weren’t satisfied with what the draft included.

They want certified crisis intervention officers to respond to every call involving a mentally unstable suspect, and they also wanted the consent decree to create a “behavior health unit” that would allow citizens to intervene in incidents and would divert mentally ill suspects from the criminal justice system, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The creation of the proposed consent decree, which is still a work in progress, was sparked by the outrage that followed the release of video of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting teenager Laquan McDonald.

The video sparked protests and a U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) report of Chicago PD claimed officers had engaged in “brutality and misconduct” without fear of consequences, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Officer Van Dyke is scheduled for trial on murder charges in September.

Initially, the Chicago mayor supported the idea of the consent decree, but then pulled back after the Trump administration showed no interest in federal micromanagement of local police agencies, according to the Chicago Tribune.

However, Emanuel agreed to negotiate after the Illinois attorney general sued to force the issue even if the DoJ wasn’t going to follow through.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has called the consent decree a “war on the police” and argued that Madigan’s lawsuit wasn’t legal, the Chicago Tribune reported. They have sought relief in the matter but a judge has not yet ruled on their request.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Why stop there? Why don't we just play the "Mother, May I"? game with the criminals/ACLU/Black Lives Matter activists right there in the streets? Then we'll know right there and then when we are not doing our job as a law abiding society.

rover77
rover77

sigh..lowering the bar again , another minority perk

rover77
rover77

the entire department should walk out , triggering a federal response

elkhunterlnl
elkhunterlnl

So they want the Chicago police to stop enforcing the law & play nanny / nurse maid to all the criminals, even the ones that Assault them & do them bodily harm. This is absolutely insane, just do away with the cops & become an old wild west town after the outlaws kill the sheriff & take over! Who's going to protect the decent law abiding folks?

JBo
JBo

Chicago...again? I do admire the men and women in the Chicago PD beyond words, but WTH is wrong with the people they're trying to protect? 1,890 shootings YTD and 360 murders YTD...that's not enough?

dbosse
dbosse

Oh, so "I'm going to arrest you for crime... do I have your permission?"

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Chicago police should just look for employment else where and let the city rot in the hell they make it

LEO0301
LEO0301

If you're a Chicago police officer...RUN! Florida has lots of police jobs with agencies not run by morons.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Laughing my butt off. The people cry for peace and beg for the violence to stop. Well, it ain't going to happen. What we read between the lines is that they don't want any more repeat offenders arrested. This is unbelievable. Chicago PD, you are being neutered.

LmRoberts
LmRoberts

Ok, people are being murdered in their streets and not only do they want to tie the hands of the cops, they want to blindfold and gag them as well. Why bother to even have a police department?

This bullcrap will only get more cops killed and embolden the criminals. I seriously cannot even begin to wrap my head around this.

GHarvey
GHarvey

Excuse me please while I put a cap in your ass!

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

I swear to God, some of these headlines are so ridiculous that one would think they are clickbait. But no, apparently they aren't.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Maybe the ACLU and BLM are the ones who should be policing the streets. Of course, do not issue them guns or tasers. The power of ther hand palm rainbows will be enough.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Time for ALL of the Chicago coppers to go home for a well deserved four day weekend. Then see what remains left of the city wants police protect.

Budman
Budman

What's next disarming police guns!!

yelyana
yelyana

Consent to be arrested? I can tell you what the perp's answer will be...and it won't be yes. The characters that think this stuff up must be escapees from a Looney Tunes cartoon. Heaven help us all!

Sailor
Sailor

That's going to happen about five minutes after hell freezes over. The Mayor and others need to grow a set and throw these idiots from the ACLU and BLM out of office when they present such idiotic demands.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

cough cough blue flue is setting in . Or at least it should be in Chicago.

Berly175
Berly175

Let the idiot's that stand with this get a gun pulled on them or assault by a criminal and see who they come crying to.

fdsgsfdg
fdsgsfdg

Is there something in the water up there that makes these people retarded?

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angeleyes
angeleyes

So glad i don't, nor ever will, live in chicago, bunch of run by committee, please me not reality groups, want nothing more than their family and friends of thugs to be free to do as they please (as long as it's not directed at themselves, of course). I hope this kind of bs and stupidity is not like a disease and spreads across the US. Maybe if it gets even worse, president will have to step in and stop this. Poor LEOs, we need you, stay strong and stay safe as always.

artw44
artw44

When stupid becomes a contest...……………..

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Current Chicago Law Enforcement Officers....brush up those resumes and get the hell out of dodge and go to a city where they value police !

lowjak
lowjak

Funny the DOJ overseeing consent decrees when their own house is in such disarray. How about front loading the mental health system so the cops don't have to deal with so many people in a mental health crisis.

RPG156
RPG156

The inmates are running the asylum...