Black Legislators Call For Licensing Police, In Wake Of Laquan McDonald Shooting
So far, it seems no police officers have been disciplined for helping conceal the circumstances under which Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald was killed. Because of that, a group of black lawmakers say Illinois should consider licensing police. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has more.
State Sen. Kwame Raoul says police often aren't punished because of their union contracts.
RAOUL: In the state of Illinois we license a vast majority of professions. We even license barbers, hairdressers. And they have their licenses revoked or suspended. However those who walk around with deadly force are not licensed.
Raoul is a lawyer and says it's similar to how a wronged citizen could bypass his employer and try to have him disbarred.
A newly-formed state commission on police professionalism is set to consider the idea; several members of the Fraternal Order of Police are members. A spokesman for the FOP says the union will carefully watch the deliberations.
He says if police licensure is addressed, it should apply to anyone who carries a badge and a gun, including park district and part time police who haven't traditionally been certified by a state law enforcement commission.