Civilian Review Board looking to city council for answers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville's new Civilian Police Review Board is slowly taking shape, holding its second meeting downtown on Thursday night.

The eight-member board heard from the Charlottesville City Attorney's Office about some of its legal requirements, including the Freedom of Information Act.

They also discussed the election of officers but tabled that issue and the possibility of having a ninth member on the board.

Board members indicated they want attorney and community activist Jeff Fogel, but they are not sure they have the power to appoint him.

They are looking to the Charlottesville City Council for guidance.

Fogel says his biggest concern is transparency.

"We have to have an open and transparent process, so if the police chief turns down a decision of the Civilian Review Board that the rationale is laid out to the public and there's an opportunity to challenge that," said Fogel.

The board says it will have to consult with the city council about its limits and whether Fogel can join the board.

The board's next meeting is Aug. 28.

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