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Ald. Martin Will Answer Questions About Police Reform During Thursday Facebook Event

“It’s important to use this as an opportunity to discuss policing issues so in the coming weeks we can address concerns really aggressively in City Council,” Martin said.

Police officers line up near the Chicago Police Department Near North District in the River North neighborhood during a peaceful protest on June 2, 2020 in reaction to the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Ald. Matt Martin (47th) will host an online conversation Thursday focused on what City Council can do to increase accountability and reform in the Police Department.

Martin will stream the event 1 p.m. Thursday via his office’s Facebook page. People can submit questions ahead of the town hall using this form.

Following days of protests over police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, a number of people called Martin’s office asking about or offering opinions on police reform, the alderman said.

“It’s important to use this as an opportunity to discuss policing issues so in the coming weeks we can address these concerns really aggressively in City Council,” Martin said.

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Ald. Matt Martin (47th) attends a City Council meeting on Feb. 19, 2020.

Before being elected to City Council, Martin worked at the Illinois Attorney General’s office as a civil rights attorney focusing on issues like police reform, workers’ rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights and immigration. 

He helped draft Chicago’s Court-Enforced Police Reform Plan after the U.S. Department of Justice said the Chicago Police Department engages in a pattern of unconstitutional use of force following the killing of Laquan McDonald. 

On Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to implement a series of police reforms in the next 90 days.

For the latest information on Thursday’s event visit its Facebook page.

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