The policy should require that a police officer file a written report after any use of physical force, and that report should be automatically reviewed by high ranking officers. Most of the CCRB’s investigators are police officers. In the wake of the Tompkins Square events, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) spearheads «A Campaign for a Real Civilian Review Board» and organizes a coalition of civil rights organizations to back it up. And this, after all, is an optimistic conclusion, because intelligence is a thing that can be fostered by known methods of education. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (COALEA) 4242-B Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030Tel: (703) 352-4225Private accrediting board for law enforcement agencies. Board and staff should be broadly representative of the community it serves.
This is a crucial message for the primary enforcement arm of «the law» to send. Reform of police practices is in the best interests of every American, including the men and women in blue. Not many people who understand two-wheeled, singletrack, vehicle chassis dynamics actually have jobs in the bicycle industry, and even fewer have the balls to try something ‘different’ when it comes to geometry. Yet the officers who are guilty of misconduct go virtually unpunished; only one receives more than a 30-day suspension from the force.
Some are not boards but municipal agencies headed by an executive director (who has been appointed by, and is accountable to, the mayor). The three basic types of civilian review systems are — Type I. Persons who are not sworn officers conduct the initial fact-finding. Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. The first of these is love of excitement. The pursuit of knowledge is, I think, mainly actuated by love of power. Unfortunately, the quality of the road surface is no match for the topography. In places, there are potholes that can split a wheel in two; in others, they’ll rip it clean off.