City Council Postpones Vote on New Police Academy

The Chicago City Council postponed a planned vote on building a new $95 million police academy Wednesday on the in Garfield Park on Tuesday amid a contentious City Council meeting that saw hundreds of protesters in and outside the building. Community activists opposed to the academy, some who lined up as early as 7:30AM to attend the meeting, say they want the money to go to resources for the community such as schools and mental health clinics. Proponents, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel argue that the increased training will help fulfill recommendations by former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, and has the potential to be an economic engine in the neighborhood. The vote was delayed via a parliamentary procedure proposed by Aldermen Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and David Moore, and the matter will be taken up again on Friday. (Visu.News)


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