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Raoul pushes for stronger review of officer-involved shootings

raoul 042718SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) passed legislation yesterday to ensure all officer-involved shootings are properly investigated.

Senate Bill 2378 requires every law enforcement agency in the state to develop a written policy for the internal review of officer-involved shootings that would be available by request under the Freedom of Information Act.

This legislation comes after a report from the Better Government Association which found that suburban police departments were neglecting to take administrative action after officers were involved in shootings.

“I have spent years working to improve relations between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Raoul said. “Establishing trust is an essential part of that effort, and that is impossible to do if police aren’t held accountable for their actions.”

An officer-involved death is a death of an individual directly resulting from the action or intentional negligence of a law enforcement officer on the job.

Raoul previously passed a comprehensive package of legislation that focused on law enforcement reform and improving community relations.

That measure, which was signed into law in 2015, requires law enforcement agencies to have an independent agency conduct investigations into officer-involved deaths. The legislation passed this week codifies that requirement to promote greater accountability.

Senate Bill 2378 passed unanimously and heads to the House for consideration.

Sen. Kwame Raoul

Senator Kwame Raoul

13th District

Years served: 2004 - Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Committee on Restorative Justice (Co-Chairperson).

Biography: Attorney; born September 30, 1964; Bachelor's degree from DePaul University; J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law; has two children.