Monday, January 4, 2016

CHANGE IN LOCATION: Community input to Chicago Police Department re: hiring of new superintendent -- January 12

The Chicago Urban League will host a community input session on Tuesday, January 12, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Kennedy-King College Auditorium at 740 W. 63rd Street. During this session, community members will be given the opportunity to directly address members of the Chicago Police Board as it moves to hire a new Chicago Police Department Superintendent.

The public is encouraged to share their recommendations on a variety of related topics, including candidate qualifications and attributes, the CPD's relationship with the African American community, and strategies for police accountability. The Chicago Urban League will synthesize the comments and suggestions into a list of recommended actions that will be presented to the Chicago Police Board and made available for public viewing.

When: Tuesday, January 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Where: Kennedy-King College Auditorium, 740 W. 63rd Street

Who: Lori E. Lightfoot, President of the Chicago Police Board
          Police Board Members
          Shari Runner, Interim President and CEO, Chicago Urban League
    Moderator: Dometi Pongo, News Anchor, WVON 1690 AM

Format: To ensure that as many people as possible can participate, individuals will be given an opportunity to speak for up to two minutes per person.

The public is invited to submit comments online, prior to the community input session and through Friday, January 15th by visiting the Chicago Urban League Facebook Forum or via email to

 “This is a watershed moment for the CPD. The hiring of a new superintendent must reflect the input of all Chicagoans. If not, there are risks that trust between the African American community and law enforcement will be irretrievably broken,” said Shari Runner, Interim President and CEO, CUL. “Importantly, this is an opportunity for the Chicago Police Board to take into consideration some of the most pressing concerns and issues facing communities of color.”  

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