Police Misconduct Victim Consulting

Best Practices Research and Reporting

Freedom of Information Act Assistance

Legal Services and Advocacy

We provide one-on-one counseling sessions with complainants of police misconduct. From this initial meeting, CNP will discuss the next steps in the complainant’s case. Assist citizens with writing up complaints against the Evanston Police Department. CNP will inform the complainant of the process, educate the complainant about his or her rights as a complainant, and be an advocate for the complainant at every step of the process, including hearings and appeals. CNP will also assist the complainant in obtaining relevant paperwork and evidence related to the complaint, such as body camera footage, police reports, and witness statements. Assist complainants to identify the relevant legal issues and police department policies that have bearing on their complaints. Contact us to get started.

Analysis and Evaluation

Research and report on best practices in policing, relevant laws, police accountability systems, civilian police review boards, use of force and de-escalation training, policing of people with mental health, drug policy, and reducing racially disparate impacts of police policies and objectives, and analyzing the effectiveness of those methods and best practices. Join us at our monthly meeting.

Freedom of Information Act Assistance

Assist requests to obtain information about the Evanston police department regarding matters such as stop and frisk, civil asset forfeiture, use of force directives, and history of complaints and lawsuits. Contact us to get started.

Resources on Community Oversight of Police

1) The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Handbook on police accountability, oversight and integrity, available at https://www.unodc.org/pdf/criminal_justice/Handbook_on_police_Accountability_Oversight_and_Integrity.pdf.

2) Campaign Zero policy solutions for community oversight:  https://www.joincampaignzero.org/oversight 

3) The Center for Popular Democracy Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing: https://populardemocracy.org/sites/default/files/Justice-In-Policing-Toolkit-sm.pdf

4) The Movement for Black Lives best practices for community control of the police, available at https://policy.m4bl.org/community-control/  

5) law review article from then ACLU NJ executive on Getting Civilian Oversight Right, “”Arguably, a weak civilian review board is worse than no civilian review board because it gives the illusion of independent accountability but actually provides little to no accountability.”, available at http://scholarship.shu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1572&context=shlr