Mayors, Police Chiefs Outline Recommendations On Police Reforms

In response to the outcry over police brutality, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has launched a new police reform and racial justice working group.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot is one of the mayors spearheading this initiative. 
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of mayors and police chiefs from around the country—led by Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot—is out with wide-ranging recommendations for police reforms.

To be honest, most of the recommendations from the U.S. Conference of Mayors working group are things Chicago’s already done or is working on, like banning chokeholds and building trust in the community.

But Mayor Lightfoot, who led the effort, stressed the need to change police union contracts that she said hamstring police chiefs, hamper investigations of misconduct, and hide the results.

"We can give our officers due process without undermining our systems of accountability and transparency," she said.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, a former police chief herself, agrees. 

"Mandatory delays and inflexible deadlines for investigations and premature purging of disciplinary record," she said.

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And, and while the mayors oppose so-called defunding of police, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said police can’t do everything.

"We are calling for a more comprehensive approach, to add social workers, mental health experts, suicide prevention, etc. People who call the police who really are better off with a different responder," he said.

Former Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey, a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was an advisor who said that while they’re against defunding the police, there are times when people like social workers should answer the calls, but maybe not alone.

Still, he and the other mayors said police may need to be there in situations that could get dangerous.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adopted all the recommendations this week.