The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), the Police Department, and the Police Board have different roles. The responsibility to receive complaints of alleged misconduct by Chicago police officers rests with COPA. Depending on the nature of the allegations, either COPA or the Police Department's Bureau of Internal Affairs will investigate the complaint. The Board’s role is to decide those disciplinary matters that are filed with the Board.
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The Police Board decides disciplinary matters involving allegations of serious misconduct made against members of the Chicago Police Department. The Board has the responsibility to:
Click here for an overview of the role of the Police Board in deciding the most serious disciplinary cases. See the Police Board's publication Allegations of Police Misconduct: A Guide to the Complaint and Disciplinary Process for detailed information.
Section 2-84-030 of the Municipal Code of Chicago requires the Police Board to post on this website its Findings and Decisions in disciplinary cases. Below are the Findings and Decisions decided in:
Go to the Archives for the Findings and Decisions of cases decided in previous months.
Currently before the Police Board are the following cases in which the Superintendent of Police has filed charges against a member of the Chicago Police Department (unless otherwise noted below, the Superintendent recommended that the member be discharged from the Chicago Police Department). A copy of the charges filed in a particular case is available by clicking on the case number below.
Hearings take place at the Board’s office and are open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, hearings are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. The evidentiary hearing resembles a trial in court, although not as formal; the typical case includes opening statements, witness testimony, and closing arguments. Status hearings typically include the attorneys and the hearing officer addressing various issues in preparation for the evidentiary hearing. TUA = Taken under advisement (the hearing is complete and a decision will be forthcoming).
Case Number: Description of Alleged Misconduct--Next Hearing Date
No. 16 PB 2901: Charges related to the Koschman homicide investigation (Supt recommends a one-year suspension)--Motion to stay proceedings pending appeal granted; next status hearing date to be determined.
No. 16 PB 2909: Charges related to the Laquan McDonald shooting--See Case No. 16 PB 2908 above.
No. 16 PB 2910: Charges related to the Laquan McDonald shooting--See Case No. 16 PB 2908 above
No. 16 PB 2911: Charges related to the Laquan McDonald shooting--See Case No. 16 PB 2908 above
No. 16 PB 2912: Charges related to the Laquan McDonald shooting--See Case No. 16 PB 2908 above
No. 17 PB 2930: Shoplifting; absent w/o authorization; made false reports--July 11 (status hearing)
No. 17 PB 2931: Left scene of a traffic accident and made a false report--June 22 (status hearing)
No. 17 PB 2938: Did not transport to the hospital an arrestee in need of treatment (Supt recommends a 120-day suspension)--Motion to stay proceedings pending appeal granted; next status hearing to be determined
No. 17 PB 2940: Used deadly force without justification--May 11, 17-18, June 22 (evidentiary hearing)
No. 18 PB 2941: Positive test for illegal drugs--June 22 (status hearing)
No. 18 PB 2942: Generated fictitious case incident reports--July 26-27 (evidentiary hearing)
No. 18 PB 2944: Left scene of off-duty traffic crash and made a false report--June 27 (status hearing)
No. 18 PB 2945: Use of excessive force--June 20 (status hearing)
When the Chief Administrator and the Superintendent of Police do not concur regarding discipline of a Department member, the Chief Administrator shall refer the matter to a member of the Police Board.
The reviewing member shall then resolve the disagreement between the Chief Administrator and the Superintendent. If, in the opinion of the reviewing member, the Superintendent’s response does not meet its burden of overcoming the Chief Administrator’s recommendation for discipline, the recommendation shall be deemed to be accepted by the Superintendent. Each reviewing member must recuse her/himself from any future involvement with such case by the full Police Board.
The decisions of reviewing members are posted below, as required by the COPA ordinance.