I am against civilian oversight that does not include independent investigations. We have one of the most violent police departments in the country, this office isn't going to be able to do anything to change the reality of BIPOC, queer, undocumented, and poor people who have to deal with them on a regular basis.
We cannot settle for toothless processes that give false accountability and transparency; cops still investigate cops, the families and victims of police misconduct still go through the same horrific process. If the civilian oversight policy doesn’t have independent investigations and community participation in the policy writing, we’re asking Council to vote NO until they get it right and honor the community’s demands. Something is NOT better than nothing when our lives are on the line.
I am one of the many citizens who was relieved to hear that Phoenix is instituting civilian police oversight. Without independent investigative powers AND community involvement, however, this oversight is rendered pointless. In its current form, it is weak tea and will not do the job of making the police accountable for their actions. Vote NO! The PPD has allowed some of its officers to get away with totally unprofessional conduct that makes the whole department look bad.
I am AGAINST civilian oversight that doesn’t include independent investigation and community participation. Something is NOT better than nothing when our lives are on the line, and STOP with these haphazard solutions!!! You are here to serve the community across ALL backgrounds and are here to serve the public and nothing less. Change can happen NOW there is no such thing as “later.”
I am strongly against civilian oversight if it does not include independent investigations and community participation. We need to take a stronger stance on holding police accountable when so many lives are being lost without justice.
I am against Civilian Oversight that doesn't include independent investigations and community participation. Something is NOT better than nothing when our communities' lives are on the line. Police investigating police does not make sense. The fact that there is so much fear (and outright opposition) around independent, transparent investigations and community participation should be a HUGE red flag. If I mess up at my job (none the less kill someone on the job), I don't get to investigate me.
A community Oversight is needed. The community has fought hard to get to this point. We have not seen police efforts to truly build community and heal the harm they have caused. we have to hold the Phoenix Police accountable because Black, Indigenous, and people of color are dying in the hand of police officers. We as the community have been through so much pain and harm caused by Phoenix Police. We demand transparency and Justice.
As a person who works in Phoenix, I stand 100% with the community and insist on full transparency that can only be obtained from independent oversight. The adoption of the ordinance in question undermines the original intent for true accountability.
This is not a community process. Civilian oversight must include community input, and must be transparent and independent. This serves police, not community.
When community backed civilian oversight in February, it was because we were promised oversight that was independent, investigative, transparent, and community driven. Seven months later we’re finding out you wrote a policy without us, weak investigative authority. If civilian oversight doesn’t have the ability to do independent investigations, it’s doing more harm than good, and we can’t implement that.
We are still here demanding police stop killing people. Policy won't stop them, abolishing them will. Until then the department is still functioning so we need TRANSPARENT, INDEPENDENT oversight with COMMUNITY INPUT. City council and Mayor it is your job to implement what the community demands. If you don't listen, you are self-serving & don't deserve your job. OAT is not transparent AT ALL and can not lead to any accountability. Vote NO on this sad OAT ordinance that does not serve the people.
I oppose this ordinance because, without requiring independent investigations, it won't encourage true accountability from police. In February, City Council promised independent investigations as part of OAT and now is breaking that promise. You must show your Black and Brown community members that you care about their lives by creating an OAT with independent investigative power, developed with community input. This proposed version of OAT won't protect victims of police brutality.
Civilian oversight must include independent investigation and community participation! Something is not better than nothing when our lives are on the line.
Civilian Oversight MUST include independent investigative powers AND community involvement.
I support the Adoption of an Ordinance adding a New Chapter 20 to the Phoenix City Code Establishing the Office of Accountability and Transparency (Ordinance G-6770). This is an action that is long overdue. Please maintain transparency, communication and monitor all activities to ensure no errors or omissions are committed in its development. Thank you.
This committee/board is a total waste of tax payers $$ and was approved by criminals who hate Police! Also, people have been trying to apply for the director position without finding a link or info anywhere. I approve this, but you have to make the Position(s) available to the public to apply. Police hater Carlos Garcia is trying to keep this a secret to give his Poder in Action Police hate friends jobs! Hiring process needs to be transparent, we demand this. & No police hate allowed 2b hired
Independent investigations must be implemented in order for the civilian review board to have the power and oversight to fulfill the needs of the community. We will never make true progress if this is not reformed and more families and independents will be in the hands of corrupt justice.
Putting civilian oversight in place that doesn’t have the power to initiate independent investigations is a slap in the face to victims of police violence and their families. Writing this policy behind closed doors shows us the city never had any intention of increasing police transparency or accountability.
Any oversight board must include independent investigations and have community representation. Please vote against the adoption of the ordinance and demand full transparency and representation.