New Executive Order Gives More Access To Victims In Alleged Police Misconduct Cases In Chicago

Sunday in Chicago an executive order that could be a game changer for people who say they are victims of police misconduct goes into effect.

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SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Happening today in m an executive order goes into effect, one that could be a game changer for people who say they are victims of police misconduct. CBS 2's Meredith Barack is here now to share why this will make an impact.

MEREDITH BARACK: Suzanne, take Anjanette Young, for example. She was the victim of a botched police raid. And it took a year for that footage to be released. This executive order will prevent that from happening. Under this new protocol, the first of its kind in Chicago, victims of alleged police misconduct will be given access to materials quickly, without having to navigate to Freedom of Information Act process. This directive goes hand in hand with the changes made recently to CPD's search warrant policies and procedures, and is part of Mayor Lightfoot's ongoing commitment to increase transparency and accountability in policing.

Now, there is a process involved in obtaining the materials that involves the civilian office of police accountability. COPA then works with CPD and the city's Department of Law to get those materials released. Materials will include things like video and audio recordings from CPD dash cameras and/or body worn cameras, initial police reports, including original case reports and tactical response reports. Now, this does differ from the city council's Anjanette Young ordinance. That calls for all raids to include a knock, an announcement, and no less than 30 seconds waiting to break down a door, among other things. Reporting live from the Street Side Studio, I'm Meredith Barack. CBS 2 News.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: You can see two years worth of our reporting on wrong raids by Chicago police. Just go to our CBS Chicago app and click on CBS 2 Investigators. You can download it wherever you get your apps.