Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara speaks to the press as Chicago police officers and their supporters protest the department's vaccination policy outside of police headquarters on October 26, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s decision to put the brakes on City Council approval of a key part of a new police contract was politically pragmatic and a win for accountable government — and also a legally contestable maneuver that may not succeed in the end.

Welcome to life under a new mayor willing to risk defeat in pursuit of police accountability and his progressive agenda.

The contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 7 has been under negotiation for nearly half a decade. It’s so complex, and the issues so fraught, that the city and FOP have tackled it in parts.

Agreement on the main economic terms was reached two years ago. The first major steps toward reforms required by a court-monitored consent decree were hammered out separately, too.

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David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy.