Police Civilian Review Board Applicants Participate in Forum
The candidates hoping to be on the board in charge of reviewing the Charlottesville Police Department are taking part in a forum on Tuesday, April 24.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The candidates hoping to be on the board in charge of reviewing the Charlottesville Police Department are taking part in a forum on Tuesday, April 24.
The forum took place at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Tuesday evening.
City Council has narrowed the selection down to 13 candidates, and seven of those will be picked to serve on this new Police Civilian Review Board. On Tuesday, the city is interviewing the applicants to hear what their vision for police accountability looks like.
The city says it wants input from the community via an online survey, where people living in the city can vote for multiple individuals. Among the 13 people on that list are several lawyers, August 12 witnesses, and some who have family members who have had run-ins with the law.
The people who end up serving on the board will be active participants in helping review important information with the city.
“Well, council has said they want the board to represent the diversity that's in the community, so that's gonna be diversity in race, diversity in expertise, diversity in experiences, and different professions,” says Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville’s director of communications. “So I think they're looking for a good mix of everyone who can help them evaluate and build relationships with law enforcement.”
The chosen board members will help set policies and procedures for the board moving forward.
This forum is planned wrap up later Tuesday night, and City Council is expected to appoint the Police Civilian Review Board members in early June.