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Plan to revamp Chicago police misconduct probes gets review

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CHICAGO (AP) - Members of the Chicago City Council are set to consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to revamp the way the city handles officer-involved shootings and police misconduct allegations.

A hearing about the mayor's ordinance to create the Civilian Office of Police Accountability will go before a joint meeting of the council's Committee on Budget and Government Operations and Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday morning. A recommendation will be sent to the full City Council.

The ordinance would create a new agency to replace the Independent Police Review Authority, which has been criticized for not completing investigations in a timely manner and nearly always siding with officers. The new agency would have broader powers to investigate officer misconduct allegations and would create a deputy inspector general position to audit department practices.

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