Police Discipline

Overview

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.

 

The Police Board's Role

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:

  • Decide cases when the Superintendent of Police files charges to discharge or suspend a police officer for more than thirty days; and
  • Decide matters in which the Chief Administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the Superintendent of Police do not concur regarding discipline of a police officer.

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.

 

Police Board Reports

 

Police Board Decisions

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 (see the link above left) for the Findings and Decisions of cases decided in previous months.

 

Cases Currently Before the Police Board

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 2908: Charges related to the Laquan McDonald shooting--Motions to stay proceedings 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. 16 PB 2913: Verbal abuse (Supt recommends a 270-day suspension)--Motion to stay proceedings pending appeal granted; next status hearing date to be determined

No. 16 PB 2918: Conduct unbecoming while off duty and making a false statement--Nov 8 (status hearing)

No. 16 PB 2920: Unjustifiable use of deadly force-- Dec 01 (status hearing)

No. 16 PB 2923: Charges related to unauthorized vehicle pursuit and false statements--Oct 24 (status hearing)

No. 16 PB 2924: Charges related to unauthorized vehicle pursuit and false statements--Oct 24 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2926: Used deadly force without justification--TUA

No. 17 PB 2928: Used deadly force without justification--TUA

No. 17 PB 2929: Used deadly force without justification--TUA

No. 17 PB 2930: Shoplifting; absent w/o authorization; made false reports--Dec 5 & 6 (evidentiary hearing)

No. 17 PB 2931: Left scene of a traffic accident and made a false report--Nov 28 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2932: Owned a tavern; made false reports on CPD application--Next status hearing date to be determined

No. 17 PB 2933: Perjury (charges against two officers)--Nov 8 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2935: Charges related to the fatal shooting of Darius Pinex--Dec 5 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2936: Domestic altercations--Nov 8 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2937: Resided outside the City of Chicago--Oct 24 (status hearing)

No. 17 PB 2938: Did not transport to the hospital an arrestee in need of treatment (Supt recommends a 120-day suspension)--Next status hearing to be determined.

 

Reviews of Disciplinary Recommendations Under the COPA Ordinance

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.

This review process is set forth in Section 2-78-130 of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) ordinance and in Article VI of the Police Board Rules of Procedure.

The decisions of reviewing members are posted below, as required by the COPA ordinance.

 Facts

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