The new requirement marks a win for Madigan who had pushed for the new level of documentation as part of her ongoing negotiations with Emanuel on a federal consent decree that will govern sweeping reforms to the Chicago Police Department in the coming years.
After nearly a year of negotiations, the two politicians agreed on hundreds of provisions in the court-mandated agreement that calls for better training, tighter restrictions on use of force, closer supervision of officers, a speedier and more effective disciplinary system, as well as additional counseling resources for officers, among other policy changes.
Madigan called the requirement to document all instances of use of a weapon essential to ensuring that officers properly use the threat of a gun, given the department’s history of excessive force and misconduct. Emanuel used to portray the documentation as superfluous, while CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it could make officers hesitant to draw their weapons in dangerous situations.
The consent decree was fully finalized Thursday morning.
“This consent decree will cement the reforms we have made in recent years and drive future reforms in the years ahead – strengthening of police department and improving public safety… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Chicago is on the road to reform, and there will be no U turns,” said Mayor Emanuel in a statement released on Thursday.