COPA Chief Sydney Roberts Provides Update on Police Officer Involved Shooting Near 47th and Prairie

The following is an update to COPA’s investigation into last night’s officer involved shooting near 47th and Prairie.  

While on the scene COPA investigators reviewed police officer body worn camera video, interviewed several individuals and began canvassing the area for additional evidence and witnesses.  It is important to note we are investigating all aspects of this shooting including what precipitated the initial law enforcement engagement with the civilian.  Preliminary evidence shows there were 3 shots discharged from the officer’s firearm and a weapon was recovered on the scene. We will continue to gather additional forensic, medical and video evidence from all available sources.   We will release video evidence on our website within 60 days in accordance with our transparency policy and all applicable laws.

We are in the early stages of this investigation; more interviews and other investigative steps are necessary before a conclusion can be reached.  COPA is committed to conducting a full, thorough and objective investigation and we seek the community’s cooperation and patience to allow us to be guided by our principles of integrity, timeliness, independence, and transparency.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability Will Offer COPA Community Hours hosted by select Chicago Public Library Locations to help residents connect to services

Today, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) announce COPA Community Hours. Through this partnership, COPA will host a full day of services at select CPL branches where investigators will receive complaints and compliments of Chicago Police Officers. In addition, representatives from COPA will be on-site to address questions and provide an overview of the agency.

COPA Celebrates the Third Training Class of Academy

Today, Interim Chief Administrator Patricia Banks commemorated the graduation of 20 investigative and legal staff in a ceremony for the third installment Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) Academy at Malcolm X College.  COPA Academy is designed to provide employee-centered, skills-based preparedness training that will ensure all COPA staff members are committed to performance excellence and able to help COPA deliver on its mission.


COPA WEBSITE WINS 2017 VEGA DIGITAL AWARD COPA (Civilian Office of Police Accountability) website wins 2017 Vega Digital Award and comes in third place in User Interface design. The website …