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Create Civilian Review Boards at the County Level


Counties across the state should establish independent
civilian oversight boards designed to manage municipal
oversight boards and civilian investigations particularly
when local efforts cannot sufficiently address incidents
under review. In addition, these independent investigative
boards shall align with the following characteristics for
effectiveness:
• Able and authorized to investigate potential
criminal wrongdoing by officers and to make
recommendations for prosecutions that are then
evaluated by special prosecutors;
• Provided with a sufficient budget;
• Able and authorized to issue subpoenas and
search warrants; and
• Provided with a well-defined jurisdiction and
mandate
(Adapted from Harvard Law Review “Enhancing
Accountability and Trust with Independent Investigations
of Police Lethal Force”)

 

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Opportunity for a New Approach to Public Safety in St. Louis

An open letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson from Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, Co-chairs of Forward Through Ferguson, on the public safety opportunity in front of our region. Click here to download a pdf of the open letter. Mayor Krewson, The retirement of Police Chief Sam Dotson represents a new day for public safety in St. Louis….

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