Former Chief of DOJ Special Litigation Section Speaking on Police Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/19/16

Tracy Siska
Chicago Justice Project
(312) 617-1560
tsiska@chicagojustice.org

Former Chief of DOJ Special Litigation Section Speaking on Police Accountability
Chicago Justice Project hosts panel on police accountability & justice at Chicago-Kent


Chicago, IL: Jonathan Smith was the former Chief of the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice who was responsible for conducting pattern and practice investigations and to bring litigation to address patterns and practices of the violation of the United States Constitution and federal law by law enforcement. Smith worked on or supervised more than two dozen investigations or matters in litigation or enforcement regarding police departments across the nation including the investigation in to the Ferguson, MO Police Department.

Smith will be joined on the panel by Mayor Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force member Randolph Stone who led the Community & Police Relations Working Group
and David Hoffman, former Assistant United States Attorney & former Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

The panel will be addressing what Chicago should expect as possible outcomes from the ongoing federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department as well as how those possible outcomes will or will not fulfill the recommendations of the Mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force. While Mayor Emanuel has chosen to use the ongoing federal investigation as a shield to put off calls for immediate action to make the Chicago Police Department more accountable Smith will be recommending that local officials should not wait on the conclusion of the federal investigation and instead take swift action to implement reforms. 

Date:              Wednesday, May 25th
Time:              6-8pm
Location:       Chicago-Kent School of Law

Chicago Justice Project: The Chicago Justice Project (CJP) is an independent, non-profit research organization. We strive to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.

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Tracy Siska | Executive Director
Chicago Justice Project | 220 N. Green St., Suite # 3059 | Chicago, IL 60607
Ph. (312) 971-6745 | 

tsiska@chicagojustice.orgwww.chicagojustice.org |
Twitter: CJPJustProj 

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