NOTICE REGARDING IMT SPECIAL REPORT
ON RESPONSE TO RECENT EVENTS

Paragraph 665 of the Consent Decree permits the Independent Monitor to “prepare written reports on any issue or set of issues covered by” the Consent Decree. Since the May 25, 2020 tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chicago is experiencing a rise in First Amendment activity, civil unrest, and related law enforcement activities that span issues covered by the Consent Decree. To promote transparency under the Consent Decree, I will prepare a special report on the response of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) to these recent events.

I will seek direct input from a variety of sources—including, but not limited to, members of Chicago’s communities, the CPD, and other City entities—in preparing the report. Pursuant to Paragraph 667, I will also coordinate and confer with the Office of the Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

Margaret A. Hickey
June 5, 2020

View the full Notice Regarding Special Report Here


The Schiff Hardin-CNA Independent Monitoring Team will conduct compliance reviews and audits to determine whether the City of Chicago (City) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have complied with the requirements of the Consent Decree. The following documents are related to these efforts and will be updated periodically.

The Independent Monitoring Team will release two Independent Monitoring Reports each year, as required by ¶661.[1] The reports will summarize monitoring activities, including data analysis, reviews, and audits conducted during the six-month reporting periods. The reports will also summarize the Independent Monitoring Team’s determinations of preliminary, secondary, and full compliance for each paragraph reviewed or explain why the Independent Monitoring Team was unable to adequately assess a requirement under review. We expect the reports to be comprehensive, as they will reference specific data and information we use to make determinations of compliance. These reports will also include relevant data and observations from the Community Engagement Team.

Together with the Independent Monitoring Reports, the Independent Monitoring Team will also issue summary, narrative reports about the monitoring progress and the extent to which the City and the CPD is achieving compliance in the ten substantive areas of the Consent Decree.

The Independent Monitoring Team may also release Special Reports when it deems necessary (¶665).[1] These reports may address issues or concerns that arise during the monitoring project.


Community Survey Report

The Independent Monitor Margaret Hickey and the Independent Monitoring Team submitted a Community Survey Report under ¶¶645–51 of the Consent Decree on August 26, 2020. The report presents results from a community survey that asked about how Chicago residents (Chicagoans) feel about and interact with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The survey was conducted between November 2019 and February 2020 by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. The report can be viewed here.


Year One Monitoring Plan

Our Year One Monitoring Plan provides our projected assessments and tasks in Year One (March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020). Specifically, this Monitoring Plan describes the Independent Monitoring Team and the stakeholders to the Consent Decree; sets out an overview of the purpose of monitoring; introduces our monitoring methodologies; provides our priorities in Year One; describes our anticipated activities in Year One; and explains our upcoming Independent Monitoring Reports. This Monitoring Plan concludes by describing how we anticipate approaching monitoring for the following years. The plan can be viewed here.

Year Two Monitoring Plan

Our Year Two Monitoring Plan provides our projected assessments and tasks in Year Two (March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). Our Monitoring Plan for Year Two builds on our Monitoring Plan for Year One. Specifically, in Year Two, the IMT will continue to assess all 230 paragraphs in our Monitoring Plan for Year One in addition to the 287 new paragraphs in this Plan. The plan can be viewed here. The corresponding press release is available here.

Independent Monitoring Report 1

Independent Monitoring Report 1 provides our assessments of the City’s and the Chicago Police Department’s progress on reform efforts in the first reporting period (March 1 through August 31, 2019). In accordance with ¶661, the report includes, among other things, a compliance or status assessment for each paragraph we identified for this reporting period in our Monitoring Plan, a summary of the principal challenges facing the City’s ability to come into compliance with the Consent Decree, and an updated projection of upcoming work for the City, the OAG, and the IMT. The report is available here. The corresponding press release is available here.

Independent Monitoring Report 2

Independent Monitoring Report 2 provides our assessments of the City’s and the Chicago Police Department’s progress on reform efforts in the second reporting period (September 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020). The report includes, among other things, required by the Consent Decree, the following:

  • an updated compliance assessment or status update from the first reporting period;
  • a compliance assessment or status update for each new paragraph we identified for this reporting period in our Monitoring Plan for Year One;
  • a summary of the principal achievements and challenges facing the City’s ability to comply with the Consent Decree; and
  • an updated projection of upcoming work for the City, OAG, and the IMT (¶661).

The report is available here. The corresponding press release is available here.


COVID-19 Resources

In light of the current pandemic, on March 27, 2020, Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. ordered that “all the future obligations and deadlines under the Consent Decree, including those for the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and the Independent Monitor, be extended for the longer of 30 days or the time period the COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8 issued by the Governor of the State of Illinois remains in effect.” View the full order here.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois also issued orders in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 public emergency. View the latest March 30, 2020 General Order, which superseded a March 16, 2020 General Order.


[1] The final consent decree is available here