Public Status Hearing on the Chicago Police Department Consent Decree
The Parties (City of Chicago and State of Illinois) will present to Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on status updates regarding the Chicago Police Department’s in-service training.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT
You may listen to the status hearing by joining online (https://schiffhardin.zoom.us/j/95813771732) or by calling in at 312-626-6799 (Meeting ID: 95813771732#).
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.
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.
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. 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.” Both Ms. Hickey, as the Independent Monitor, and Judge Coar, as the special master, reported directly to Judge Dow. As of 2022, Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer oversees the case; consequently Ms. Hickey reports directly to her.”
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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 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 http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DOJ-INVESTIGATION-OF-CHICAGO-POLICE-DEPT-REPORT.pdf.
 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 http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Executed_MOA.pdf.
 More information about the IMT selection process is available on this website, which the OAG administers. See Independent Monitor, Chicago Police Consent Decree, http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/independent-monitor/. Other resources, such as Consent Decree documents, court filings, and reports, are also available on this website. See Resources, Chicago Police Consent Decree, http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/resources/.