On October 7, 2016, the Chicago Police Department released a draft of its new Use of Force guidelines and opened the directives for a 45-day period of public review. For the remainder of that public input period, our independent Use of Force Tracker will provide context around national Use of Force best practices as it relates to Chicago, and collect public comments on the CPD's draft document. 

NOTE: The public comment period for CPD's draft Use of Force policy was originally scheduled to end November 20 but has been extended to Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:59pm.   

CPD released its revised use of force policy May 17, 2017.

How to use the Tracker:
1) Highlight any text on the Tracker to add your own annotations—no download required. 
2) Click on the yellow highlighted text in our "Explore" tab to see annotations on the Use of Force draft guidelines based on media reports, legal precedents, interviews, research studies and national police directives from City Bureau Documenters.

3) Want to be part of our paid Documenters program? Simply fill out the application. 


Our Process
Using an excel sheet and Genius, a team of City Bureau Community Documenters is creating an annotated, updated and independent hub for public use that will provide analysis and context around the Chicago Police Department’s 2016 Use of Force Guidelines. From October 7 to November 20, the CPD will be accepting public comment on the Use of Force Guidelines before the new directives are finalized and accepted. The independent Use of Force Tracker is an attempt to inform public knowledge around the guidelines throughout that process.

Use our "Explore" tab to see the verbatim Use of Force draft text with annotations from City Bureau reporters and Documenters, the "Compare" tab to see the 2002 and 2016 Use of Force texts side-by-side and the "Research" tab to sift through the news reports, legal precedents and research studies used in the making of this Tracker. To explore all of our trackers, visit CityBureau.org/tracker-project.

Have a question, comment or suggestion? Interested in having us host a Tracker workshop in your education space? Contact us at info@citybureau.org, on Facebook: /CityBureau and on Twitter: @citybureau.  


Jeremy Borden
Eleanore Catolico
Sarah Conway
Darryl Holliday

About us

City Bureau is a neighborhood media lab aimed at regenerating civic journalism on Chicago’s South and West sides. For more information, and to join our paid Documenters program, simply fill out the application. Our Documenters are a critical component of City Bureau’s mission to bridge the ideals of civic journalism with the economic and political realities in which it exists. 

The Invisible Institute is a journalistic production company on the South Side of Chicago. Their mission is to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.