President Graham Statement On Release of Proposed Consent Decree
The City and state Attorney General announced today a final draft of a consent decree that, if implemented, could control much of the Chicago Police Department for decades to come.
We believe the lawsuit giving rise to this proposed consent decree is legally invalid and have challenged it in court. We believe our case is strong. In addition to being legally invalid, we believe the proposed consent decree between the City and Attorney General is politically motivated and threatens both public safety and the well-being of our members. The consent decree, which is wholly unnecessary, would also cost tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars.
It is important to note that we, the FOP, have tried to work with the Attorney General and they refused to listen to us.
On the other hand, AG Lisa Madigan and the City were more than willing to listen to the input of fiercely anti-police groups like Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Haven’t policies advocated by groups like the ACLU already done enough damage in Chicago, leading to a drastic increase in the number of murders in 2016, according to a recently released report?
The City and the Attorney General have set a dangerous precedent by granting groups like these influence in police policy making.
Their willingness to do so reveals much about the real nature of this agreement and the magnitude of the threat it imposes.
We will continue to fight the imposition of this consent decree to protect our officers and the public because our elected officials have decided not to.