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Recognizing reforms need to be made to address police violence and systemic racism within many law enforcement agencies across the nation, Mayor Stephen Hagerty has taken the pledge, as a part of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance of the Obama Foundation, to evaluate police use of force policies in Evanston. 

By taking the Pledge at obama.org/mayor-pledge, Mayor Hagerty has committed Evanston to:

  1. Review the police use of force policies in our community
  2. Engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in the review
  3. Report the findings to the community and seek feedback within 90 days of signing this pledge
  4. Reform police use of force policies based on findings

“Every police department in America ought to be taking a look at their use of force policies. Doing this under the auspice of an Obama Foundation pledge by Mayors is even better. Thank you to the Evanstonians who brought this to my attention,” said Mayor Hagerty. 

This past weekend, thousands of Evanstonians came together to demand meaningful change by participating in a peaceful march and rally, which was organized “in solidarity with Black people” and to advocate for “justice for Black lives,” according to the Evanston Fight For Black Lives event Facebook page.

This inspiring display of unity showed Evanston residents’ commitment to improving inequities and social justice efforts within the community. The City of Evanston is listening and is committed to continuing to create more racially equitable policies and practices.

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.