Within 5 to 7 days of receiving a complaint or notification of an incident, IPRA will send a letter to the subject/complainant identifying whether IPRA or BIA will investigate the incident of police conduct.
To learn more about the investigative steps taken in officer-involved shooting investigations, see below:
For each allegation brought against a CPD member, IPRA will make one of the four findings referenced below:
|The allegation was supported by sufficient evidence to justify disciplinary action||The allegation is not supported by sufficient evidence which could be used to prove or disprove the allegation||The incident occurred, but the action taken by the officer(s) was deemed lawful and proper.||The allegation was not based on the facts revealed through investigation, or the reported incident did not occur.|
|Disciplinary recommendation made and investigation undergoes Command Channel review at CPD.
Discipline ranges from Violation Noted to Separation.
|Investigation undergoes Command Channel review at CPD.||Investigation undergoes Command Channel review at CPD.||Investigation undergoes Command Channel review at CPD.|
IPRA sends a letter to the subject/complainant and the involved CPD member(s) reflecting IPRA’s finding(s) and recommended discipline, if any.
CPD Command Channel and Chicago Police Board Review Processes
- For CPD members at the rank of Sergeant and above, if CPD recommends a suspension of more than 30 days, CPD must file charges with CPB, and CPB’s appointed Hearing Officer holds an evidentiary hearing. For CPD members with a rank lower than Sergeant, if CPD recommends a suspension of more than 365 days, CPD must file charges with CPB, and CPB’s appointed Hearing Officer holds an evidentiary hearing.
- The evidentiary hearing resembles a trial in court, although not as formal. The typical case begins with opening statements. The Superintendent’s case against the officer is presented first, followed by the officer’s defense. Each party may call and examine witnesses (the Board has its own subpoena power to ensure the presence of witnesses). The opposing party may crossexamine the witnesses. Hearsay evidence is not admissible. Following the officer’s case, the Superintendent’s attorney has an opportunity to offer rebuttal evidence. The hearing concludes with closing arguments.
Once the review process has concluded, the following actions are taken:
|IPRA Actions||CPD Actions|
|Notifies the subject/complainant of the final findings and discipline assigned to each allegation.||Enforces the final discipline determined for each allegation.|
|Notifies the CPD member(s) of the final findings and discipline assigned to each allegation|
|Closes the investigative file|
IPRA sends a letter to the subject/complainant and CPD member(s) reflecting the final findings and the final disciplinary action taken in the case.