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Tallahassee city commissioners move forward with citizen's review board

City of Tallahassee
Posted at 9:46 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:46:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee city commission is moving forward with its plans to start a citizen's review board.

Leaders met Wednesday, where they approved guidelines on how the board will give more oversight into the police department.

Each of the nine members will receive training on TPD policies and procedures, along with attending TPD's Citizen Academy. Each member will serve a staggered three year term.

The group will review and give recommendations in cases where excessive or deadly force is used. At the request of the city manager or police chief, the group will also be able to provide policy changes.

An annual report will be submitted to the city commission and police chief, which will include summaries of community complaints and the board's and police chief's investigation into those issues.

The push for this board comes on the heels of three TPD-involved shootings this year.

The most recent was Tony McDade at the Leon Arms apartment complex last month. Police say an officer shot McDade after McDade pointed a gun at the officer.

Right now, there is a push to release the videos and names of the officers involved in those shootings.

An injunction has been filed to protect those officer's names under Marsy's Law.

The citizen's review board would oversee similar cases to those three officer-involved shootings.

There's no exact timeline for when the board will be formed. Next month, the city commission may allow public comment on this board process.