Virtual Public Hearing

Occurred on Friday, June 2, 2023

Instructions in English

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Virtual Public Hearing: Friday, June 2, 2023

The Court convened a public hearing on Friday, June 2, 2023 via Zoom video conferencing to receive comments from members of the public regarding the City of Chicago’s progress under the Consent Decree. The Court will also receive written comments through June 9, 2023. To ensure a fair and orderly process, any person or entity that wishes to provide oral or written comments must comply with the procedures set out in the Court’s corresponding order.

This public hearing addressed updates and feedback regarding the Consent Decree, and public speakers were permitted to speak on topics of their choosing. In light of various Consent Decree requirements regarding some of the most common types of law-enforcement interactions with people in Chicago, the Court welcomed feedback regarding stops conducted by Chicago Police Department officers. See, e.g., Consent Decree paragraphs 17, 28, 53–56, and 370.

Interested persons may order transcripts of the public hearing from the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois at

Written Comments
People who wish to provide written comments must file those written comments with the Clerk of the Court, following the below instructions, no later than Friday, Friday, June 9, 2023, at 4:30 pm.
Clerk of Court
United States District Court
Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Building
219 South Dearborn Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Re: State of Illinois vs. City of Chicago, Case No. 17-cv-6260

All written comments will be filed on the Court’s public docket and, therefore, will be publicly available through the Court’s Electronic Case Filing system. All written comments must include the full, printed name(s) of the submitting person(s), but must not include addresses. Instead, the submitting person(s) full name(s) and address(es) must be placed only on the envelope in which the document is submitted, addresses will not be made public, and the envelopes will be filed under seal. No e-mails, telephone calls, or anonymous submissions will be accepted or considered by the Court.


Anyone with any questions, including questions regarding accommodations, may contact the Independent Monitoring Team at

Audiencia Pública Virtual: Viernes, 2 de junio del 2023

La Corte convocó una audiencia pública el viernes 2 de junio del 2023, de 10:00 am a 12:30 pm y de 2:00 pm a 4:30 pm a través de la videoconferencia Zoom para recibir comentarios de los miembros del público sobre el progreso de la Ciudad de Chicago bajo el Decreto de Consentimiento. La Corte también recibirá comentarios por escrito hasta el 9 de junio del 2023. Para garantizar un proceso justo y ordenado, cualquier persona o entidad que desee realizar observaciones orales o escritas deberá cumplir con los procedimientos establecidos en la resolución correspondiente de la Corte.

La audiencia pública abordó las actualizaciones y retroalimentación recibida con respecto al Decreto de Consentimiento, y los oradores públicos hablaron sobre los temas de su elección. A la luz de varios requisitos del Decreto de Consentimiento con respecto a los tipos de interacciones más comunes de la policía con personas en Chicago, la Corte agradeció los comentarios del público sobre las paradas realizadas por los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Chicago. Véase, por ejemplo, los párrafos 17, 28, 53–56 y 370 del Decreto de Consentimiento.

Las personas interesadas pueden ordenar transcripciones de la audiencia pública del Tribunal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos para el Distrito Norte de Illinois en

Comentarios por escrito
Cualquier persona o entidad que desee proporcionar comentarios por escrito puede hacerlo presentando dichos comentarios ante el Secretario de la Corte a más tardar el viernes 9 de junio del 2023, a las 4:30 pm, conforme las siguientes instrucciones.
Secretario del Tribunal
Tribunal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos
Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Building
219 South Dearborn Street, piso 20th
Chicago, IL 60604
Asunto: Estado de Illinois vs. Ciudad de Chicago, Caso No. 17-cv-6260

Todos los comentarios por escrito se registrarán en el expediente público de la Corte y, estarán disponibles públicamente a través del sistema de Presentación Electrónica de Casos de la Corte. Todos los comentarios por escrito deberán incluir de manera impresa el nombre completo de la persona que está presentando los comentarios, sin incluir su dirección. En el sobre en el cual presentaran el documento, se deberá incluir el nombre completo y la dirección de la(s) persona(s) que presenta el documento. Los sobres se archivarán bajo sello. La Corte no aceptará ni considerara correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas o presentaciones anónimas.


Cualquier persona con cualquier pregunta, incluyendo preguntas sobre acomodaciones, puede comunicarse con el Equipo de Monitoreo Independiente en

The Independent Monitoring Team is responsible for assessing the Chicago Police Department’s and the City of Chicago’s Compliance with the Consent Decree. It requires the CPD to provide constitutional policing that respects the rights of all Chicagoans, builds community trust, and promotes community and officer safety.

In December 2015, the U.S. Attorney General launched a broad civil rights investigation into the CPD’s policing practices. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released the results of its investigation in January 2017, finding a longstanding, pervasive “pattern or practice” of civil rights abuses by the CPD.[1]

In August 2017, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General (OAG) sued the City in federal court, seeking a Consent Decree that would address DOJ’s findings and recommendations. The case was assigned to Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. The OAG then sought input from community members and Chicago police officers and negotiated the Consent Decree with the City.

In March 2018, the Parties to the Consent Decree, the OAG and the City, also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with “certain community organizations that have established a broad-based community coalition (‘Coalition’) committed to monitoring, enforcing, and educating the community about” the Consent Decree.[2]

The OAG and the City then sought proposals for an Independent Monitoring Team after posting a draft Consent Decree on the Chicago Police Consent Decree website.[3] In October 2018, Judge Dow received public feedback on the proposed Consent Decree through written comments and two days of public fairness hearings. Judge Dow approved and signed the Consent Decree on January 31, 2019. The Consent Decree requires actions by the CPD and many other City entities.

On March 1, 2019, the effective date of the Consent Decree, and after a competitive selection process, Judge Dow appointed Ms. Maggie Hickey, a Partner in the Schiff Hardin law firm, as the Independent Monitor. Judge Dow also appointed Judge David H. Coar, Ret., as a special master. As special master, Judge Coar is not a member of the Independent Monitoring Team, but he will “help facilitate dialogue and assist the [OAG], the City, and other stakeholders in resolving issues that could delay progress toward implementation of the Consent Decree.”[4] Both Ms. Hickey, as the Independent Monitor, and Judge Coar, as the special master, will report directly to Judge Dow.

As the Monitor, Ms. Hickey leads a team of professionals and consultants from Schiff Hardin and the CNA Institute for Public Research, including subject matter experts, members of the Independent Monitoring Team’s Community Engagement Team, and other partners. Our role as the Independent Monitoring Team is to assess the CPD’s and the City’s compliance with the required elements of the Consent Decree. Learn more about our team here.

Stipulation Regarding the Policy and Training Review Process for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)

The City, the “OAG,” and the Monitor agreed to a stipulation regarding the scope and applicability of paragraphs 626 through 637 and paragraphs 640 and 641 of the Consent Decree for COPA. View the full stipulation here.

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[1] DOJ Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Illinois, Investigation of Chicago Police Department (January 13, 2017) at 4, available at

[2] See Memorandum of Agreement Between the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and the City of Chicago and Campbell v. City of Chicago Plaintiffs and Communities United v. City of Chicago Plaintiffs (March 20, 2018), available at

[3] More information about the IMT selection process is available on this website, which the OAG administers. See Independent Monitor, Chicago Police Consent Decree, Other resources, such as Consent Decree documents, court filings, and reports, are also available on this website. See Resources, Chicago Police Consent Decree,

[4] About, Chicago Police Consent Decree,