In an editorial last week on expanding citizen review of police conduct in Oak Park, we incorrectly reported that, because police officers’ names are redacted before the Citizen Police Oversight Committee reviews complaints, it was not possible for the committee to track repeated complaints against an officer.
In fact, each officer is assigned a unique identifier that permits committee members to track repeat complaints against that officer.
This is an important point brought to our attention by Trustee Jim Taglia, board liaison to the oversight committee. A letter from Taglia appears this week in Viewpoints.
We regret the error even as we look forward to the village board and the committee working to open up the oversight process to greater transparency.