[imc-st.louis] Support Civilian Review April 12
Civilian Oversight Board Campaign
capcr_cob at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 6 05:23:14 PDT 2006
We need you to mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 12. The Police Board
will be voting on Mayor Slays proposal for an ineffective Civilian Review
Board. We need to be at 1200 Clark at 9:15 am to let them know that the
community will not accept a paper tiger which will do nothing to advance
After vetoing the Kennedy Bill, Slay seems intent on quickly ramming through
his proposal with no community input. His bill puts Civilian Review under
the control of the police. This is not the independent review required.
Police Commissioners have final say regarding CRB membership, and can fire
members at any time. The Police control the purse strings. There is
inadequate staff designated to carry out the powers granted. They have no
ability to conduct investigations or call witnesses. They can sit in on the
IAD interrogations of witnesses only after requesting permission from the
Chief, and can ask no questions themselves. There is inadequate time
allowed for the CRB to get answers on follow up questions.
The Police Board has failed in its oversight duties by allowing the current
accountability system to be dysfunctional. Should those who might be
embarrassed by a truly effective look at their mistakes be put in charge of
the hen house? It will be a setback for Civilian Review to have a plan which
fails to deliver on real accountability.
The Mayor claims that this is the only CRB structure which will withstand
legal scrutiny. However, the attorney for the Board of Aldermen has vetted
the Kennedy Bill and disagrees with the City Counselors analysis. More
legal opinions are on the way.
The Police Board will be complicit in the Mayors sham if they do not act
independently. They need to take time to gather legal opinions, talk to the
community, and gain some insight into why the community decision making
process resulted in the Kennedy Bill. None of that will be possible if they
act less than two weeks after the Mayors plan was proposed.
In 2004 we beat back the phony Review Board which the Police Board passed.
We did it by the broad community rejection which resulted. We can do it
again, if you will be there April 12!
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