With tension between police and the public a hot topic these days, an Illinois House committee is hearing about it. “Civilian participation does not, in and of itself, justify the action” of police killing people, said State Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr., (D-Chicago), who chairs the House Criminal Law Committee. “But if the public doesn't know – if there is no transparency of the process of (investigating) what happened, there is no way you're going to have public buy-in.”
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When prompted by State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), Sean Smoot, head of a statewide police union, the Police Benevolent and Protective Association, agreed – but pointed out that in recent days, there have been four police-involved shootings in Illinois, all of white people. Smoot and Flowers also agreed: there was not much in the news about them.