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Police Say Cops Need Longer Than An Hour To Give Detained People A Phone Call — But Aldermen Say It’s Time For Accountability
Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office rejected a plan to require police give detainees a phone call within an hour, saying officers need a vague, "reasonable" amount of time.
Lightfoot ‘Completely Guts’ Proposal To Ensure People In Police Custody Get A Prompt Phone Call, Frustrated Aldermen Say
Advocates want city law to guarantee a person gets to make a phone call within one hour of being arrested. The mayor's version gives police more discretion. "They are playing games with people's lives and people's liberties," one alderman said.
Police Reform Proposal Requiring Detainees Get A Phone Call In First Hour Needs To Consider Exceptions, Chair Says
Police reform advocates are pushing the city to ban incommunicado detention by the end of the year. Ald. Chris Taliaferro said he is worried the proposed ordinance's "hard line" would lead to lawsuits.
Police Reform Advocates Demand Aldermen Pass Law Requiring Detainees Get A Phone Call In First Hour
Just 2 percent of people arrested get access to an attorney while in custody of Chicago police. An ordinance could help change that, advocates said.
Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says
Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.