To: Chicago City Council

Tell Chicago's City Council: Police aren't above the law

Chicago police officers can get away with almost anything, and their employment contract with the city is a big part of what helps abusive and violent cops avoid prosecution and stay on the police force. The police union (the Fraternal Order of Police) refuses to consider any changes – but many members of the city council are promising to vote against any new contract that lets police continue to avoid any accountability. With the police union's contract expiring soon, we need every single city council member to feel the pressure to vote against any contract that puts cops above the law.

In Unity and Struggle,

DeAngelo, Katelyn, Tanya and the rest of the BlackRoots Alliance team

Why is this important?

Chicago has a serious problem with violent and unaccountable policing, and one of the biggest obstacles to accountability and reform is the Fraternal Order of Police, and their contract with the city. Police should not be above the law, but provisions in their contract have allowed them to assault, brutalize, and kill Black people without any real consequence.The epidemic of police violence and corruption will continue until we change the rules and hold the police accountable like everyone else.


Reasons for signing

  • The police exist to protect the public and should not be above the law. If they are abusive or violent they should be punished.
  • It should not be possible for the Fraternal Order of Police to draft contracts that allow them to be above the laws they have been sworn to keep and protect.
  • not only does black lives matter life matters

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