A mural in memory of Adam Toledo near the site where Toledo was shot and killed by police near 24th St and S Sawyer in Little Village, Sunday, April 18, 2021.
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Chicago Police Department unveils final foot pursuit policy, more than a year after 2 controversial fatal shootings by officers
The Chicago Police Department released a final version of a foot pursuit policy today, completing a lengthy process that came under heavy scrutiny after the fatal police shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 21-year-old Anthony Alvarez during chases last March.
The policy includes increased oversight, “clearer guidelines” and additional training for officers, as well as improved data collection to analyze pursuits, according to a department statement.
It will replace a temporary chase policy by the end of the summer,
The policy is based on “national best practices” and input from the Illinois attorney general’s office and the independent monitoring team tracking the department’s compliance with sweeping court-ordered reforms, according to CPD.
The monitoring team initially recommended the department adopt a foot pursuit policy last March, weeks before Alvarez and Toledo were fatally shot by officers during separate chases.
The CPD unveiled a temporary foot pursuit policy last May before releasing a draft of the final policy in February and soliciting the public’s input after facing criticism the temporary policy was vague and insufficient.
Much of that draft remains intact, including a portion that prohibits officers from engaging in chases unless “there is a valid need to detain the person” that “outweighs the threat to safety posed by pursuit.”
Tom Schuba has more on the policy here.
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