BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be a senior adviser to a task force on police accountability in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the panel will improve oversight of police misconduct, find the best ways to identify and evaluate officers with repeated complaints and recommend how to release videos of police-involved incidents.

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The creation of the panel follows a rash of protests since last week’s release of a video showing a white police officer shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

In this still image taken from a police vehicle dash camera released by the Chicago Police Department on November 24, 2015 , Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke is shown shooting Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014. (Photo by Chicago Police Department via Getty Images)

In this still image taken from a police vehicle dash camera released by the Chicago Police Department on November 24, 2015 , Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke is shown shooting Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014. (Photo by Chicago Police Department via Getty Images)

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The panel will include victims’ rights representatives, law enforcement organizations, young people and elected leaders. The panel’s recommendations will be presented to Emanuel and the Chicago City Council by March 31.

Patrick, a Chicago native, and Emanuel have long political ties.  Both worked in the Clinton Administration and both are close to President Barack Obama. Emanuel was Obama’s Chief of Staff before he was elected Mayor of Chicago.

Patrick will not be paid for his role on the police task force.

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