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Task force makes recommendations for Citizens Review Board

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Monday, a task force unveiled new recommendations designed to protect the public and prevent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers from abusing their power.

People have been waiting for a list of taskforce recommendations for the Citizens Review Board, CRB. There were a handful of city council members who heard them and many others who were just as interested.

Kare Romanski said she was never satisfied with her Citizens Review Board hearing from December 2010.

"Just spent $80,000 for my double fusion in my neck to fix what the officer did," explained Romanski.

She was one of many holding up signs saying "Reform Now" during the city council's committee meeting Monday.  

The committee first heard how the police conduct an internal investigation of an officer.  It's when a person is not satisfied with the discipline or action given to the officer, they can appeal to the CRB.

The task force laid out 12 recommendations.

"Allow the CRB the option to have the accused officer present at the initial hearing," said one of the chairs of the taskforce, Patricia Albritton.

The CRB taskforce said they would not pursue subpoena power or the ability to conduct their own independent investigations.   The City's attorney explained the council couldn't grant that authority.

"Only the general assembly can grant that power," said the lawyer.

Also, the taskforce suggested establishing a board website for visibility, extending deadlines for people to file an appeal and increasing the deadline for when a board meeting can occur. Not everyone was satisfied.

"The extension of the timeline doesn't matter at all if you still don't give the people the power to act or engage once the timeline is extended," said Kujo Nantambu of the NAACP.

Nantambu said he would like the board to have real power.

"If you don't give the civilian review board: to investigate, to subpoena, to have access to certain things it wouldn't make a difference because you would never have the tools or the resources necessary to make a very very intelligent and very clear concise decision based upon the evidence," said Nantambu.

The NAACP plans to hold their own town hall meeting next Monday night about the Citizens Review Board and the police department.  They want to get their recommendations to the council-manager relations committee before October 28th, when that committee will meet again about the CRB.

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