Illinois Attorney General Candidate Sharon Fairley Responds To House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Complaint Memo

The memo of complaints about misconduct House Speaker Mike Madigan made public Tuesday should be evaluated for what it didn’t say rather than what it did. It didn’t list complaints by a member about another member. It didn’t list complaints by a member about a lobbyist. It didn’t list complaints by a lobbyist about a member. It didn’t list complaints by staff about a member regarding ill treatment or derogatory comments. It didn’t list complaints about another caucus leader, member or staff. Lastly, it didn’t list unresolved complaints.

Illinois Attorney General Candidate Sharon Fairley Releases Comprehensive Proposal on Government Integrity, Reform and Transparency

Unfortunately, the state of Illinois does not have a sterling reputation when it comes to government corruption. Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their administrations. Four chief executives were convicted, and one of our recent governors was the first to be impeached and removed from office.

Fairley Comments On COPA Report Regarding The Fatal Shootings Of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones

The finding by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released, today, that Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo’s use of excessive force in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2015, was unjustified resulting in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and his neighbor 55-year-old Bettie Jones is only the beginning of a long process to address the officer’s potential culpability in this tragic and heart-breaking incident.

Now that COPA has made this finding, the focus from here should be on the integrity and fairness of the process that follows. First, the superintendent must review the findings and decide whether he concurs. If not, the matter will be referred to a single member of the Chicago Police Board whose sole discretion it will be to determine whether the matter will be dismissed with no further action or heard by the full police board. In the past, I’ve voiced my concern about any case, let alone a case of this complexity and importance, being decided by a single member of the police board.

Additionally, this case also has brought to light serious concerns about the neutrality of the City’s Department of Law in this matter, which considered suing the estate of young LeGrier, thereby taking the view that Officer Rialmo’s conduct was beyond reproach. In my view, the City of Chicago Department of Law must recuse itself from any involvement in any legal proceedings arising from this incident, because it has shown a clear bias in favor of the involved officer. Consequently, any future litigation related to COPA’s findings should be overseen directly by that agency, rather than the law department, with the assistance of qualified outside counsel, as necessary or appropriate.

There’s a significant process that must take place from here and we must make sure the process has integrity and is fair so that we all have confidence that justice has been served.

Fairley Comments On COPA Report Regarding The Fatal Shootings Of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones

The finding by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released, today, that Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo’s use of excessive force in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2015, was unjustified resulting in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and his neighbor 55-year-old Bettie Jones is only the beginning of a long process to address the officer’s potential culpability in this tragic and heart-breaking incident.

Sharon Fairley Responds to the City Of Chicago’s $20 Million Code-of-Silence Lawsuit

This case is emblematic of the lack of accountability that persists within the Chicago Police Department. The facts here are deeply disturbing -- a Chicago police officer trashed a bar and assaulted two men, yet he received merely a slap on the wrist. Then his conduct led to the tragic loss of two lives and a $20 million liability that now must be paid by us taxpayers. This case, and the manner in which the department handled the misdeeds of this officer illustrates that some police officers are just unwilling or unable to hold each other accountable.

Former Head Of The Civilian Office Of Police Accountability And Candidate For Illinois Attorney General, Sharon Fairley, Comments On The Chicago Police Departments Expansion Of Body Cameras

Equipping the Chicago Police Department with body cameras is an important accomplishment toward ensuring that officers have the tools they need for effective, constitutional policing.  This is a positive step for the Chicago Police Department...