U.S. mayors identify police unions as an obstacle to reform - Reuters

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors took direct aim at powerful police unions on Thursday, calling the collective bargaining agreements they negotiate an obstacle to police reform and the regaining of public trust.

Cities have ceded too much authority to police unions in the disciplining of bad cops, the report said.

Police unions typically wield more power than other public-sector unions, often gaining support from both pro-labor Democrats and pro-police Republicans.

The report, which will be debated by the organization's 1,400 member cities, also called for many state laws to be rewritten, the licensing of police officers, and the establishment of a national database to prevent abusive officers from being rehired in other cities.

The national Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a Chicago branch of the union, which will negotiate a new contract with Lightfoot this year.