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Auburn Gresham, Chatham Neighbors Can Meet Police District Council Candidates At Virtual Forum

Three candidates hope to represent parts of Chatham and Auburn Gresham on the newly created police district council.

A Chicago Police Department insignia during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Public Safety Training Facility in West Humboldt Park on Jan. 25, 2023.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — South Side neighbors hoping to learn more about candidates running for the newly created police district council can quiz the prospects at a virtual meeting next week. 

A virtual candidates forum is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 18. Three candidates will voice how they best hope to represent the 6th Police District, which includes parts of Auburn Gresham and Chatham. 

RELATED: What Do Police District Councils Do?

Eric Russel, the founder of a nonprofit that advocates for police accountability; David Boykin, an educator; and Aisha Humphries, who serves on the executive board of Chatham United; are running for the district council seats

Tonya Hooks, a facilitator for the 624 Beat, will moderate the discussion. Damon Smith, deputy director for district councils, will also attend to explain the new role. Register for the Zoom event here, or tune in live on YouTube

Need to know what police district you live in? Look that up in this guide from The TRiiBE.

Three people from each of the 22 police districts districts will serve four-year terms on the councils. 

The council members will be responsible for bridging connections between the community and the police, relaying neighbors’ opinions, creating community policing initiatives and representing the voice of the ward for the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, according to the Reader

For years, local organizers have advocated for more police accountability amid high-profile cases of police killing and seriously wounding Chicagoans.

The Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance, which passed in 2021, helped institute the councils. It was created by a coalition of organizers from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, who formed the eponymous alliance in summer 2020 after Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd. 

Election day is Feb. 28.

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