Fran Spielman interviews Sydney Roberts on CPD officer statement waiting period

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wants a 72-hour waiting period before officers are required to give their statements.

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Sydney Roberts, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability was interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, July 19, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

COPA chief administrator Sydney Roberts wants to eliminate the waiting period written into the police contract that critics contend makes it “easy for officers to lie” by giving them 24 hours before providing a statement after a shooting.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wants to do more than just retain the 24-hour waiting period — he wants to triple it to the 72 hours that federal agents are afforded after a shooting, on the grounds that “it takes you a while — especially when you’ve been in such a traumatic incident.”

Roberts shot down the trauma argument on The Fran Spielman Show.

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