External review progress in Chicago

Chicago’s new Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) will replace the former Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) on September 15. The new agency is guaranteed funding of 1% of the police budget and will have 140 full-time employees, including 90 investigators. This article reports that COPA will also contract with technical experts in areas such as use of force, ballistics, and accident reconstruction to further its independence from the city’s police department.

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