1st meeting of Chicago community policing panel

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department hopes to take another step toward improving its community relations today.

The city's new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting this morning at police headquarters.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson hosted the event.

The panel was created to develop a strategy for more police engagement in the city's high-crime neighborhoods.

Later Tuesday, Johnson sat with a panel of activists from Youth for Black Lives and fielded questions on police accountability.

The students had concerns about excessive force and police misconduct and asked how officers will be held accountable after the release of the Dept of Justice report, which showed a lack of proper police training and oversight.

Youth for Black Lives isn't happy with the mayor-elected Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, saying the superintendent should have more control over the firing of bad cops.

WGN’s Dana Rebik was at the meeting and has more.