COPA SENDS CONDOLENCES TO CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2018 COPA SENDS CONDOLENCES TO CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) sends its condolences and prayers to the family of Officer Eduardo Marmolejo and Officer Conrad Gary, the Superintendent, Commander and Officers of the 5th District. The officers who gave their lives last night did so …

CIVILIAN OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY (COPA) CELEBRATES ITS AGENCY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), reached a milestone celebrating its one-year anniversary as the city of Chicago’s police oversight agency. The anniversary event was held at the investigative office headquarters (1615 W. Chicago Avenue). COPA’s leadership team, community advisory board members and its entire staff gathered to commemorate this special occasion. “Today is …

COPA STATEMENT ON VIDEO RELEASE

COPA is committed to transparency thus it is our goal to release available video (body worn camera, PODs, 3rd party, etc.) associated with COPA investigations at the earliest point possible but not before the family has had an opportunity to review. COPA also has a duty to preserve investigative integrity and be prudent in its …

COPA EDUCATES CPS YOUTH ON THE IMPORTANCE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) visited youth on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Mikva Challenge to discuss the importance of police oversight. Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. The youth that participated in a full day of learning activities are …

COPA PROVIDES UPDATE TO OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING AT 2098 E. 71st Street

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) continues its investigation, canvassing the neighborhood, contacting witnesses and reviewing video of the officer involved shooting which occurred at 2098 E. 71st Street. Early reports indicate officers were on patrol and observed a man believed to be carrying a firearm. An officer discharged their firearm fatally wounding the …

COPA Responds to Officer Involved Shooting – 4th District – 9400 S. Escanaba

COPA Responds to Officer Involved Shooting – 4th District – 9400 S. Escanaba On June 16, 2018 at 3:17AM the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) was notified of an officer involved shooting. Based on our initial investigation we have learned the officer discharged his weapon once striking the individual.  The individual subsequently died at the …

COPA Educates CPS Youth On The Importance Of Police Oversight And Accountability

COPA EDUCATES CPS YOUTH ON THE IMPORTANCE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) visited students on June 5, 2018 at Carver Military Academy High School who recently completed the Burge Reparation Curriculum. As a part of COPA’s community outreach effort to youth it makes presentations on the importance of police oversight and accountability.

Nearly 175 US History and Civic students in 10-12TH grade heard from members of the investigative, legal and public affairs team at COPA. The objective of the presentation focused on helping students understand: (1) The role of COPA and the importance of police oversight and accountability; (2) Understanding the concept of force as defined by CPD; (3) Improving youth positive interactions with law enforcement and COPA as an investigative agency; and (4) Discussing career paths.

“COPA is committed to engaging and educating our youth on police accountability and reducing incidents of police misconduct. I had the opportunity to attend a host of community meetings on police oversight throughout the city during my first month as chief administrator. As an agency we are committed to educating the public about our investigative practices and provide assurance of our commitment to investigating cases with integrity, timeliness and transparency,” said Chief Administrator Sydney Roberts.

In March of 2018, COPA visited Michele Clark Magnet High School on the west-side for three days and engaged 90 students. COPA plans to return to Carver Military Academy High School to teach the same expanded exercise.

To learn more about COPA visit www.chicagocopa.org

CONTACT:
Ephraim Eaddy
Ephraim.Eaddy@chicagocopa.org
312-746-3609