Sonya Arrington plans to sponsor a City Council resolution calling for a panel that would investigate allegations of misconduct by police, like the one Pittsburgh has had since 1997.
According to the Erie Times News as reported by Kevin Flowers,
“There hasn’t been a serious and prolonged discussion about launching a citizens’ police review board in the city of Erie since 2009.
City Councilwoman Sonya Arrington plans to change that.
Arrington plans to sponsor a City Council resolution by February that calls for the city to create a citizens’ review panel that would investigate allegations of misconduct by police, recommend appropriate action regarding those complaints and work on projects that aim to improve police-citizen relations. It would be similar to the review board that has operated in Pittsburgh since 1997.
The seven-member panel in Pittsburgh has a similar mandate, and its members are appointed by either Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto or Pittsburgh City Council.
Arrington said she has already talked with Mayor-elect Joe Schember, who takes office in January, about a review panel. Arrington said Schember, council or both could appoint a diverse group of citizens to serve on the review board.” See the Full Story here