GAPA Responds to Sharon Fairley’s Resignation

GAPA Responds to Sharon Fairley’s Resignation

September 26, 2017- While the pending announcement of Sharon Fairley, the chief administrator for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, to resign comes as a surprise, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability believes the city of Chicago cannot repeat history by making hasty permanent decisions in response to problems that have taken decades to create and are singed into its culture. The city’s long history of turning a blind eye to the abuse and misconduct

GAPA Urges Mayor to enter Consent Decree

GAPA Urges Mayor to enter Consent Decree

June 22, 2017- The 10 organizations that make up the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability stand with Coordinator Mecole Jordan (C) at a City Hall news conference on Thursday to urge Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to enter into a consent decree with the Dept. of Justice to ensure legitimate community input that results in real reforms within the Chicago Police Dept.  GAPA is made up of a broad-based coalition of community organizations, based in more

POLICE DEPT. REFORM

POLICE DEPT. REFORM

Streetwise – Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) Coordinator Mecole Jordan calls it “troubling” that Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has ordered a Justice Department review of all its police conduct agreements with U.S. cities when just a few months ago, Sessions’ predecessor issued a report that “the Chicago Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force – including deadly force – in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.” GAPA is

Grassroots Alliance For Police Accountability Coordinator, Mecole Jordan, Issues Statement On DOJ’s Order To Review Contemplated Consent Decrees

Grassroots Alliance For Police Accountability Coordinator, Mecole Jordan, Issues Statement On DOJ’s Order To Review Contemplated Consent Decrees

It is troubling that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a review of all Justice Department agreements with cities about police conduct when only a few months ago, his predecessor issued a report which “determined the Chicago Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force—including deadly force—in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability is not surprised that the current federal government does

Grassroots Alliance For Police Accountability Issues Chicago Community Report

Grassroots Alliance For Police Accountability Issues Chicago Community Report

Chicago Defender – The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability has released its Community Conversations Report after listening to the concerns of more than 1,650 Chicago residents about police misconduct and community relations. GAPA is a broad-based coalition of community organizations committed to making neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the city’s various communities. The organizations in GAPA touch more than 30 wards—including neighborhoods directly

Community Groups Continues Conversation And Concerns With CPD Accountability

Community Groups Continues Conversation And Concerns With CPD Accountability

CHICAGO (CBS) — Community groups said they are counting on the Emanuel Administration to heed their calls for more citizen involvement in Police Reform Oversight. Organizations that are part of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability said there are recurring themes among all of their concerns about policing and police misconduct. Faye Dickens, with the Southwest Organizing Project, talked of police who treat marginalized residents with disrespect. WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports. “We need

GAPA Releases Community Conversation Report

GAPA Releases Community Conversation Report

On March 22, 2017, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability released its Community Conversation Report after listening to the concerns of more than 1,650 Chicago residents about police misconduct and community relations. GAPA is a broad-based coalition of community organizations committed to making neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the city’s various communities. The organizations in GAPA touch more than 30 wards—including neighborhoods directly

GAPA Releases Statement Following DOJ Report

GAPA Releases Statement Following DOJ Report

The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), is abroad-based coalition of  community organizations with deep roots in 30 wards across the city. GAPA is committed to engaging with individuals from these communities, particularly those most impacted by police abuse, misconduct and harassment, and to amplify their voices around these issues. In November, we began a city-wide community engagement process, holding Community Conversations with residents throughout Chicago, to develop community driven recommendations for police accountability and