The Vote on Rochester Police Accountability Board

The Rochester police Accountability Board, like the Citizens Network of Protection, would have the power to investigate civilian complaints independently.  They both have subpoena power for getting information for their investigations.  They will determine whether individual officers have committed misconduct.  
The citizens of Rochester by referendum put in place their Police Accountability Board.  CNP is asking you the citizens of Evanston to do the same thing in voting to created the Evanston Board of Police Oversight, Accountability, and Transparency.  CNP’s proposal goes further than the Rochester Police Accountability Board in that it would be an independent agency with no connection to the Police Department or the City Government. 
The Rochester citizens put in place a board that will oversee the police conduct as they engage with the citizens.   The citizens in Evanston can do the same for their citizens that need assistance to fight the system.
  The unofficial voting results indicated that the referendum on the proposed board passed by more than a 3-to-1 margin: 75 to 25 percent. Nearly 17,800 voters approved the measure, while nearly 6,600 voters voted against it.  


Call to action on 79-O-19 ORDINANCE “Citizen Police Review Commission”

The Citizens’ Network of Protection asks you to read the attached documents.  After reading them, we ask you to take a stand as to what your voice will be loud or silent.  

If you agree with CNP and want to make a loud noise, call, write the City Council urging them to vote NO on Ordinance 79-O-19.   The only way that we can convince the Council to vote NO is to speak loud as one voice. Thank you for your effort in supporting this campaign to defeat  Ordinance 79-O-19, which does not serve the citizens. 
Betty Ester, President, Citizens’ Network of Protect


Our Trouble with Citizen Police Review Commission Ordinance 79-0-19

The Evanston City Council will vote on October 28th on ordinance to create the Citizen Police Review Commission. If this ordinance passes, it will mean that the systems of police accountability will be unchanged from the way things are today. It is lacking the power and scope of responsibilities necessary to provide meaning oversight, accountability, and transparency of the Evanston Police Department. This ordinance lacks community empowerment. The Commission does not have subpoena power and the Police Chief isn’t even required to give an explanation if they disagree with a finding or recommendation of the Commission. Despite a mayoral appointed task force that found that many people in Evanston do not know about the complaint process, this ordinance does not require the Commission to do community outreach to inform people about the complaint process or to discuss issues that are driving a wedge between the community and police. The charts below highlight the major errors we believe the Evanston city council is making if they pass the ordinance as written.

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Man wrongfully convicted of murder sues Evanston police, alleging ‘coercion, threats, fabrication and misrepresentation

Jesús Sánchez, who was wrongfully convicted and served over four years in prison for murder, filed a lawsuit April 10 against the Evanston Police Department and two of its officers.

According to the suit, the two EPD detectives, Joe Bush and Phil Levy, used “coercion, threats, fabrication and misrepresentation” to force a false confession out of Sánchez and other witnesses. The complaint accuses the police departments of Wheeling, Wilmette, Skokie and Lincolnwood as well. Sánchez’s conviction was reversed in April 2018 by the Illinois Appellate Court.

In November 2014, Sánchez, then 18 years old, was convicted for the murder of Rafael Orozco. Orozco was killed in May 2013, outside a Wheeling apartment complex. Sánchez was in the vicinity and heard the shots, according to the suit. After the incident, Sánchez and the people he was with tried to get to his car, which was parked near the location of the murder.

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