[remote or in person] Committee on Public Safety

Chicago City Council
Criminal Justice

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. CDT

View meeting details

Add to iCal

Add to Google Calendar

121 N La Salle St, Chicago, Illinois 60614 Chicago, IL 60614 (Directions)

Chicago City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers

You have the option of documenting this meeting in person or remotely.

If you choose to attend in person, an additional hour will be added to your total assignment hours. You may be asked to provide government-issued photo ID and to go through a metal detector.

If you choose to document remotely, the meeting will be live-streamed at https://www.chicityclerk.com/.

At this link, scroll down to “Meeting Notices.” Look for “Watch now” and click on the link with the meeting title to go to a livestream page.

If you don’t see a link for the meeting, you may be early or the meeting may be starting late. Wait a few moments and try refreshing your Internet tab.

The end time listed on this assignment is an estimation based on the duration of past meetings of this type.

Other notes and pre-research resources

Check the source website for additional information

Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Chicago - IL Documenters Team

Note-taking by Mrinalini Pandey

Chicago Police prepare for summer, protests, DNC

Live reporting by Rob Reid

Rob Reid @robcat26
Hi, I’ll be live-tweeting today's Committee on Public Safety meeting for #CHIdocumenters @CHIdocumenters.

12:23 PM May 1, 2024 CDT

Rob Reid @robcat26 2/34
The meeting is starting a bit late as the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety just wrapped up, but will be in the City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor at City Hall 121 N. LaSalle Street and is livestreamed at
chicityclerk.com/committee-publ…
Rob Reid @robcat26 3/34
For some background, you might be interested in Chicago Documenters notes from this committee’s previous meeting, at
docs.google.com/document/d/1Pg…
Rob Reid @robcat26 4/34
The Committee on Public Safety is one of the city’s “nuts and bolts” committees focused on city services, specifically related to the Police and Fire Departments, Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), and Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA).
Rob Reid @robcat26 5/34
This 18-member committee is chaired by alderman Brian Hopkins.
chicago.councilmatic.org/committee/comm…
Rob Reid @robcat26 6/34
Here’s today’s agenda-
#1 on the agenda is approval of the April 2024 Rule 45 Report
#2 is a subject matter hearing on the Summer Preparedness Plan. No votes will be taken on this item.
…storagev1.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/meetingattachm…
Rob Reid @robcat26 7/34
Public comments are underway. Frequent commenter Jessica Jackson is speaking in support of police superintendent Snelling taking the rap for Chicago's crime. She blames corrupt aldermen and the corrupt circuit court system.
Rob Reid @robcat26 8/34
George Blakemore is next (of course!). He bemoans racial disparity in policing. "White lives matter, and black lives don't" in the current system, he repeats a few times.
Rob Reid @robcat26 9/34
Next is Michael Young-Bey, another regular. "Peace in our society is dependent on justice" but public safety in Chicago is a "political game," he says. "Bad cops need to be turned in by good cops."
Rob Reid @robcat26 10/34
The committee approves the April Rule 45 report. Rule 45 refers to a rule in Chicago’s City Council Rules of Order requiring that committees keep a transcript of their meetings, including reports and recommendations received by the committee, roll call votes of each member, etc.
Rob Reid @robcat26 11/34
On to the 2nd and final item on the agenda, re: the city's Summer Preparedness Plan. Superintendent Larry Snelling is now speaking.
Rob Reid @robcat26 12/34
Referring to expected protests this summer, Snelling affirms commitment to the 1st and 4th amendments, but they're preparing for the worst case scenario while making sure the department is not "going overboard." "We need to have that balance."
Rob Reid @robcat26 13/34
In the box to answer questions, CPD leaders including Glen Brooks (Director of Community Policing), Duane DeVries (chief of counterterrorism), John Hein (Chief of Patrol), + 1
Rob Reid @robcat26 14/34
Matt Martin asks re: community outreach, and the panel references partners amongst community leaders, public schools
Rob Reid @robcat26 15/34
Ald. Moore asks Snelling if his position on ShotSpotter has changed since he'd been appointed and Snelling essentially says no, that this tech can help solve crimes. See also
blockclubchicago.org/2024/01/24/chi…
Rob Reid @robcat26 16/34
Snelling says they've seen a reduction in shootings in the 35 most violent beats (of 285 citywide), in part due to this technology.
Rob Reid @robcat26 17/34
Sposato expresses concerns re: crime with immigrants and says "I have no doubt there are gangbangers" amongst the new arrivals, though "not that many." DeVries responds that they are collaborating with DHS as a partner.
Rob Reid @robcat26 18/34
Garien Gatewood, Deputy Mayor of Community Safety, is the 4th expert in the box (I didn't have his name earlier in this thread).
Rob Reid @robcat26 19/34
Gatewood, responding to a question from Ald. Sigcho-Lopez, talks about the importance of cross-agency partnerships with CPD, Parks, DFFS, etc. in addressing public safety concerns about alders.
Rob Reid @robcat26 20/34
Sigcho-Lopez highlights the importance of anchoring to facts in committee meetings, referencing yesterday's Sun-Times editorial.
chicago.suntimes.com/editorials/202…
Rob Reid @robcat26 21/34
Sigcho-Lopez says he's proud of how Chicago leadership has respected first amendment rights in student campus protests (compared to other locations such as Texas), and hopes this can hold during the DNC.
Rob Reid @robcat26 22/34
Ald. Vasquez asks how CPD is preparing for a potential influx of migrant buses close to the DNC. DeVries says they're monitoring this closely in collaboration with OEMC.
Rob Reid @robcat26 23/34
Vasquez asks re: potential terror attacks on public transit. DeVries says they're working closely with CTA, Amtrak, Metra and have done some 'tabletops.' He notes that CTA has one of the best camera systems in the country which has led to quick apprehensions in past crimes.
Rob Reid @robcat26 24/34
Re: Vasquez's next question re: addressing robberies, Chief Hein says it's been a challenging year but they're forming a full time team on a strategic task force related to this issue.
Rob Reid @robcat26 25/34
Vice chair Yancy asks for reassurance that neighborhoods won't be neglected while CPD is focused on the DNC. Snelling says community partners are key, and asserts that neighborhoods won't be neglected.
Rob Reid @robcat26 26/34
Yancy asks for stats on officer hiring and the budget deficit. Snelling says he'll provide that information later because he wants to be sure it's accurate.
Rob Reid @robcat26 27/34
Ald. Curtis asks what CPD needs from City Council. Snelling essentially asks alders to take the time to understand the challenges of police work, the amount of training time it takes to shift officer behavior, the risks of trauma faced by officers. Goal is to establish respect.
Rob Reid @robcat26 28/34
Manaa-Hoppenworth gives a shout-out to the importance of community CAPS meetings, and the Choose to Change youth violence prevention program
crimelab.uchicago.edu/projects/choos…
Rob Reid @robcat26 29/34
Manaa-Hoppenworth asks what Chicago may be doing differently at DNC based on lessons learned from George Floyd protests. Snelling says they've tightened up training and are more prepared now specifically in terms of honoring the first and fourth amendments.
Rob Reid @robcat26 30/34
Brooks and DeVries tout the OEMC app as a way for residents to track street closures safety preparedness, etc. during the DNC and otherwise.
chicago.gov/city/en/depts/…
Rob Reid @robcat26 31/34
Matt Martin commends the communication around street robberies, as well as the Community Violence Intervention Program (ARPA-funded youth diversion program). He also notes that while CPD is currently understaffed, staff levels have plateaued and no longer decreasing.
Rob Reid @robcat26 32/34
Martin asks for specifics on CPD training ahead of DNC. Snelling emphasizes repetition in training for deep familiarity with 1st/4th amendments (when it's appropriate to take someone into custody), de-escalation, monitoring officers for signs of burnout, handling mass arrests.
Rob Reid @robcat26 33/34
As chair Hopkins notes, committee members express condolences for recently slain off-duty police officer Luis Huesca.
wbez.org/stories/slain-…
Rob Reid @robcat26 34/34
Thus concludes the hearing on summer preparedness and the Chicago Committee on Public Safety meeting. Meeting adjourned at 2:09. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 2024 at City Council Chambers.

Agency Information

Chicago City Council

The Chicago City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Chicago and consists of the Mayor and Aldermen elected from each of the City’s fifty wards. Source

If you attend a meeting in person, be prepared to go through a security checkpoint and show photo ID.

Meetings are also livestreamed at https://www.chicityclerk.com/.

At this link, scroll down to “Meeting Notices.” Look for “Watch now” and click on the link with the meeting title to go to a livestream page. If you don’t see a link for the meeting, you may be early or the meeting may be starting late. Wait a few moments and try refreshing your Internet tab.

Recordings of past City Council meetings may be found here: https://vimeo.com/user100351763/videos/sort:date.

See also: “What to Expect at a Meeting of Chicago’s City Council” via the Better Government Association.

Documents

More from this agency

Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

Chicago City Council

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

10:00 a.m. CDT

Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Chicago City Council

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

10:00 a.m. CDT

Joint Committee: Health and Human Relations; Public Safety

Chicago City Council

Thursday, June 27, 2024

10:00 a.m. CDT

Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Chicago City Council

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

1:00 p.m. CDT

Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development

Chicago City Council

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

9:30 a.m. CDT