Critic Of Chicago Police Reform Wins Union Election
A challenger unseated the incumbent president of Chicago’s largest police union Wednesday, ushering in leadership that staunchly opposes federal oversight and stricter discipline for a police force plagued by allegations of misconduct and excessive force.
Kevin Graham beat Dean Angelo Sr. in a runoff election for a three-year term at the helm of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, according to results posted to the union’s website.
Graham, a 21-year department veteran officer who ran on a slate of candidates for union posts called “The Blue Voice,” took about 56 percent to Angelo’s 44 percent.
In a written statement after his victory, Graham said, “The members of FOP, both retired and active, have spoken loud and clear. FOP members want a lodge that will fight for them.”