Press Releases

Response to CPD’s New Use of Force Policies

Today, the Chicago Police Department has taken an extraordinarily important step toward reform in announcing new policies that will govern when and how officers are permitted to use force. We believe these new policies incorporate new concepts that are essential to fair and effective policing. Specifically, we’re pleased to see the department’s renewed commitment to …

Independent Police Review Authority Implements New Transparency Policy

IPRA to release evidence acquired from certain police‐involved incidents for ongoing investigations The Independent Police Review Authority announced today that the agency is fully implementing the policy recommendation made by the Police Accountability Task Force which calls for the public release of recordings and reports related to certain types of police incidents. The video release …

Independent Police Review Authority Increases Access To Community

Investigators Available in Community to Accept Complaints Chicago, May 27, 2106 ‐ The Independent Police Review Authority announced today that starting Wednesday, June 1st the agency will make Investigators available at four different satellite locations across the city, significantly increasing accessibility to the citizens of Chicago. Partnering with the City’s Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) …

Independent Police Review Authority Highlights First 100 Days of New Administration

New Leadership and Changes to Internal Processes Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley laid out the changes that have taken place at the Independent Police Review Authority and her vision for the agency moving forward. Since her appointment in December and confirmation in January, Chief Fairley has completely revamped the leadership at the agency responsible for intake …

The Independent Police Review Authority to Conduct Historical Review of Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations

Today Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley announced IPRA’s plan to commission an audit of closed  officer‐involved  shooting  investigations.    The  purpose  of  the  audit  is  to  assess  the  quality  of  the  investigative process and the accuracy of the findings and outcomes.  To ensure that this review is  conducted  objectively  and independently,  IPRA  has  engaged  an  outside law  firm,  McGuireWoods  LLP,  to  conduct  the  audit  and  report  their  findings.    “In  order  to  restore  trust  in  IPRA,  we  must  understand  how  our work lost public confidence in  the  first  place so we  can make  the necessary  …

Chief Administrator Fairley Announces Nationwide Search for First Deputy Chief Adminstrator of the Independent Police Review Authority

Application Process Open Until February 22, 2016 Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley announced today a nationwide search to fill the position of Independent Police Review Authority’s First Deputy Chief Administrator. Chief Administrator Fairley was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on December 6, 2015 and confirmed by the Chicago City Council on January 13, 2016 to lead …

Chief Administrator Fairley Announces Update in Quintonio Legrier/Bettie Jones Shooting

Additional 911 Calls Revealed During Course of the Investigation Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley announced today that two additional 911 calls placed by Quintonio LeGrier on the morning of December 26, 2015 were uncovered during the course of the pending investigation of the officer‐involved shooting where Quintonio LeGrier and neighbor Bettie Jones were fatally wounded. During …

Statement from Sharon Fairley, Acting Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority

To earn and keep the confidence of residents and the trust of police, the Independent Police Review Authority must always demonstrate that it will tirelessly pursue the facts in any case with integrity and transparency. There are serious questions about the nature of the investigations related to the statements of several officers in the shooting …

Acting Chief Administrator Fairley Announces Restructuring of Independent Police Review Authority Leadership and Staff

Decisive Action to Transform IPRA Staffing Part of Overall Mission to Improve Quality of Investigations and Rebuild Community Trust Acting Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley announced today key restructuring of the Independent Police Review Authority (“IPRA”) senior leadership team as well as important expansions to the legal functions of the Agency and community outreach team. While …