DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Citizens Police Review Board is the topic of discussion at Dallas City Hall today.
The board is a “means for citizens to communicate their concerns regarding alleged inappropriate police behavior.”
The committee meeting, which got underway just before lunchtime, comes after a series of town hall meetings were held and citizens spoke out about the kind of changes they want to see to the police review board.
For months, residents have heard pleas from the public to strengthen the nearly 40 year old citizens police review board and heard from the board members who say they have little power to effect change.
John Fullinwider, with Mothers Against Police Brutality, said, “I think this police chief is going to hold her officers a little more accountable. She’s open to community input.”
The all-volunteer board can review complaints and make recommendations, but has no staffing, and no authority to subpoena police officers under scrutiny.
“If there’s a question of transparency, with the public, that’s something we kinda need to meet them halfway with,” said Terrance Hopkins, president of the Dallas Black Police Association.
Dallas police Chief U. Renee Hall attended those meetings and now it’s her turn to address council members on the public safety committee.
After the public safety committee hears from Chief Hall today the full city council will be briefed in March. No action is expected to happened before then.