5 Roadblocks to Reform in Chicago’s Police Union Contract

Critics say the city’s agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police makes it more difficult to investigate and punish abuses.

In These Times and City Bureau June 29, 2017

The col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment between the city of Chica­go and the Fra­ter­nal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 7 will expire on June 30. With pub­lic inter­est in the upcom­ing round of nego­ti­a­tions on the rise, In These Times part­nered with the civic jour­nal­ism lab City Bureau, Invis­i­ble Insti­tute and Injus­tice Watch to anno­tate the FOP con­tract in plain Eng­lish. The full anno­tat­ed con­tract, which can be viewed here, high­lights sig­nif­i­cant arti­cles and con­tex­tu­al­izes them with case stud­ies, expert analy­sis, media reports and more. Below is a sum­ma­ry of five key pro­vi­sions that present a road­block to police reform efforts.

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