Police Civilian Review Board seeks more feedback on bylaws

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some members of Charlottesville's Police Civilian Review Board are worried that time is running out to get the permanent version of the board set up properly.

The board met Wednesday morning in a special meeting to discuss the status of its bylaws and ordinance. The term for most of the members runs out June 4, but the board's bylaws have not yet been approved by the city.

At the meeting, board members expressed frustration at not getting enough direction from city leaders. They said they want to hear from the city attorney about whether their proposed bylaws are legal. They also want some clarity about how much access the board will get to police documents.

"We don't want all this work to sit on the shelf," said board member Gloria Beard. "We don't want it to be denied. It's important for the city. If we don't have unity and trust, what do we have?"

Charlottesville City Council member Heather Hill said the city is still getting feedback on the board's proposed bylaws from the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Charlottesville Police Department. The board is supposed to submit its final report in June.

Hill said the current board will be able to present its recommendations even if the terms for some of its members have already expired.

Hill said the ultimate decision about the ordinance and bylaws will be made by the Charlottesville City Council.

The board's next meeting is May 14.



 
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