Give the Community the Power to Hold Police Accountable: We Need a People’s Civilian Review Board, Not the Alder’s CRB

For the last 21 years, since Malik Jones was killed by East Haven Police Officers only two blocks away from his home in New Haven, the people of New Haven have called on the leaders in their city to create an effective Civilian Review Board that would give residents the ability to hold police accountable for their violence and misconduct. In 2013, over 71% of local residents voted for, and passed, an ordinance that would require the city to establish a Civilian Review Board that would institute mechanisms for “fair, independent, complete, and transparent review of civilian complaints of alleged police misconduct.”

The community stands here today, five years after the Charter revision, still being denied such a Civilian Review Board. In failing repeatedly to create such an oversight body, the city has actively disregarded the will, the safety, and the deepest vulnerabilities of its residents and is in violation of its own laws.

Read more here and sign to let the Board of Alders know you support a strong, community-driven Civilian Review Board.

And come out Monday, December 17 at 7pm to City Hall when the Board of Alders votes on their proposal.