FEB 19, 2021
CPD response to unrest ‘failed both the public and its own front-line members’: watchdog
A scathing report from Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found the Chicago Police Department was “under-prepared and ill-equipped” to handle the protests and unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd last summer, and that “senior leadership failed both the public and its own front-line members.”
While responding to unrest during the pandemic was “daunting,” the police department and city’s responses “were marked, almost without exception, by confusion and lack of coordination in the field” stemming from failed “intelligence assessment[s],” “major event planning, field communication and operation, administrative systems and, most significantly, leadership from CPD’s highest ranks,” according to a news release from Ferguson.
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