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.READ MORE: 'We're All Desperate': Logan Airport Travelers Outraged Over Spirit Airlines 4th Day Of Cancelations
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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.READ MORE: Jury Selected In Trial Of Thomas Latanowich, Charged With Killing Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon
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.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Temporary': Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended For Another 2 Months
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