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To: the City of Chicago

Support the Chicago Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance (PSTA)

When 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times in the back by Chicago police officers, the city paid McDonald’s mother a settlement of $5 million. When this amount of public money is spent to atone for the wrongdoings committed by police, the public deserves to have access to the spending decisions. 

The current law prevents transparency in settlement decision-making during the Rahm Emanuel administration. For instance, there have been stories of off-record briefings between the mayor’s office and aldermen regarding misconduct litigation, where aldermen were not even allowed to take notes.

The PSTA (Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability) Ordinance is aimed at making sure that the City Council never repeats the approval of large payouts without having the information they need to do their job. It will lift the veil of secrecy from police misconduct litigation in Chicago. With the PSTA, we have a chance to bring transparency, democratic oversight, and justice to the city’s police accountability system.

The people of Chicago deserve transparent and responsive police accountability systems. By signing this petition, you can pressure the city council to make more responsible decisions with taxpayer dollars.

Why is this important?

If we pass this reform, Chicago will set the standard for police accountability for cities across the country. Chicago communities deserve nothing less. See more details about the legislation here:

Full text of the ordinance:

How it will be delivered

We plan to deliver this petition to City Council.



2024-05-29 19:54:55 -0400

We are well on our way to gathering enough signatures to present our petition to city council along with the ordinance. Thank you and keep sharing!

2024-05-15 18:09:21 -0400

100 signatures reached

2024-04-11 17:07:41 -0400

50 signatures reached

2024-03-29 14:01:06 -0400

25 signatures reached

2024-03-23 20:05:50 -0400

10 signatures reached