City Council approves Emanuel’s new COPA ordinance

CHICAGO -- Chicago aldermen have approved the COPA ordinance backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will revamp investigations into police shootings and officer misconduct.

The vote in the Chicago City Council was 39-8 on Wednesday. Alderman Ariel Reboyras says the measure is "far from perfect but it shows we want to move forward."

The approval comes despite critics saying the measure isn't strong enough to keep a close eye on a police force with a reputation for brutality. Civilian Office of Police Accountability will replace the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), which was discredited by long delays in completing investigations that nearly always sided with officers.

The sometimes angry and emotional hearing Wednesday came after audience members were escorted out of the council chambers when they shouted that the vote should be delayed until there is more community input.