Civilian Oversight Bill Introduced
On Friday, December 4, 2014, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and its allies crowded into the gallery at the Board of Alders to witness the introduction of BB208–Civilian Oversight of the Police. This legislation is the result of several years of research and collaborative discussions.
“This bill’s strength and viability will lie with The People,” said CAPCR Co-Chair and OBS member Jamala Rogers. “It is intentionally designed for checks and balances to minimize abuse of power through the Board of Alderpeople, the people’s representatives as well as directly from the community.”
Rogers goes on to point out that the first years of the oversight board will be critical to its long-term success.
“Not only will we need the right people on the board, we will need accountability from all parties involved–the Mayor’s Office, the Alderpeople, the Police Dept and The People.
OBS has been involved in police repression work for over three decades and is committed to working with its allies to ensure that the civilian oversight board is INDEPENDENT and EFFECTIVE. We didn’t come this far to have the process or outcome co-opted or corrupted.