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  •  We need to problem solve a solution. (6+ / 0-)

    So citizen review.

    Outside investigations. ...?

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 04:09:02 PM PST

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    •  Civilian Review Boards have been more and (8+ / 0-)

      more neutered over time.  Used to be a good idea.  Now it's all but useless.  Would only work if they were given some kind of legal power, or at least some significant authority.

      "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

      by Yasuragi on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:15:11 PM PST

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    •  From the NYC CCRB: (5+ / 0-)
      About the Board Members

      Appointment
      The Civilian Complaint Review Board has thirteen members. Five members are designated, or nominated, by the New York City Council (one from each borough), three are designated by the Police Commissioner, and five are designated by the Mayor. However, the Mayor must appoint all members, even those designated by the City Council or the Police Commissioner. No member of the Board may have served previously in law enforcement (other than those designated by the Police Commissioner) and none may hold other public office or employment. Board members serve three-year terms, and receive compensation on a per-diem basis.

      Responsibilities
      The Board hires the Executive Director, holds monthly public meetings, oversees agency operations through numerous committees, and sets policy. The Board reviews all CCRB investigations and makes findings on every allegation raised by every complaint.

      Emphasis mine.  The link is here -- go to the links on the right under CCRB for details of the set-up.

      Seems highly weighted in favor of the cops -- and in the case of NYC, Bloomberg, King of Stop and Frisk.  I wouldn't count on much from them.

      "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

      by Yasuragi on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:20:36 PM PST

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