Independent Monitor

Independent Monitor

The consent decree sets out a detailed plan for reforms that must be implemented by the City of Chicago and CPD. The federal court ultimately determines whether the City and CPD are following the requirements of the consent decree. To assist the federal judge in evaluating the City’s and CPD’s actions and progress in implementing reforms, the consent decree requires the selection and appointment by the court of an independent monitor.

The independent monitor selection process involves seeking applications from policing experts from around the country. The independent monitor Request for Proposals can be found here.

Nine teams of experts, which include current or former law enforcement officers, academics, policy analysts, lawyers and community outreach specialists, submitted applications in response to the Request for Proposals. These applications and supplemental responses are below:

BakerHostetler Application

Coar Application

Dickinson Wright Application

Muhammad, Wilson & Wolf Application

OIR Group Application

Police Foundation Application

Quinn Emanuel Application

Schiff Hardin CNA Application

StoneTurn Application

On October 18, 2018, the Attorney General’s Office and the City announced four finalists for the role of the independent monitor. The finalists are:

  • Coar Monitoring Team
  • Police Foundation Monitoring Team
  • Schiff Hardin-CNA Monitoring Team
  • StoneTurn Monitoring Team

The federal judge overseeing the Attorney General’s lawsuit has final selection authority for the independent monitor. The Attorney General’s Office and the City will make recommendations about a final monitor to the federal judge for his consideration.

As part of the process of making recommendations about a final monitor to the federal judge, the Attorney General’s Office and the City will seek public input on the four finalist candidates by hosting two public forum sessions on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 7 p.m., at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago. At the forums, the four finalists will make presentations and there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide written feedback. A flier for the public forum is available here.

In addition to providing feedback on the independent monitor at the public forums, people can provide input on the independent monitor finalists until November 5, 2018, by clicking here.

Also as part of the process of making recommendations about a final monitor candidate to the federal judge, the Attorney General’s Office and the City created an Engaged Stakeholder Committee made up of a small group of individuals and organizations who have been involved in the consent decree process or police reform litigation and engaged in policing matters in Chicago.

The committee will interview and provide input on the four independent monitor finalists. Members of the committee are:

  • Pastor Robert Biekman, senior pastor of Maple Park United Methodist Church and urban ministry coordinator for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church;
  • Chicago police Sgt. James Calvino, treasurer of the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association;
  • Maria Hernandez, community organizer with Black Lives Matter;
  • Katya Nuques, executive director at Enlace Chicago;
  • Chicago police Sgt. Chris Pettis, vice president of the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association;
  • Autry Philips, executive director of Target Area Development Corporation;
  • Jeanette Samuels, civil rights attorney of Samuels & Associates;
  • Eric Wilkins, founder of the Broken Winggz organization, a non-profit support group for Chicagoans with permanent disabilities and paralysis from gunshot wounds; and
  • Richard Wooten, former Chicago police officer and a community advocate and president of the Gathering Point Community Council.

Once the federal judge approves the independent monitor, the monitor will evaluate and issue public reports on whether the City and CPD are meeting the requirements of the consent decree. The independent monitor will report to the federal judge.