Communities United organizer Eric Wilkins helped draft police reforms to protect the safety and rights of people with disabilities in the proposed consent decree, which he says is “like a restart for the whole city.”

One year ago, Wilkins’ employer, Communities United, joined four other organizations in suing the City of Chicago to demand institutionalized police reform that protects the safety and rights of people with disabilities. As part of the city’s efforts to resolve that lawsuit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan agreed to include Wilkins and others in drafting the consent decree and to include provisions in the document that would reduce the likelihood that police would use force against people with disabilities.