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the police civilian review board meeting is starting shortly
they’ll be discussing their recommendation for the ordinance (draft here: charlottesville.org/home/showdocum…) and the draft bylaws (current draft here: charlottesville.org/home/showdocum…)
members of the public in attendance: three journalists, democratic city council candidate sena magill, walt, harold from the people’s coalition, an attorney from legal aid justice center, and the attorney for the police benevolent society. not exactly a packed house.
communication and record keeping is not exactly a strong suit of the city’s boards & commissions. sarah burke says they asked the city for all the records of the previous police oversight body that existed and no documentation was able to be produced
board members are concerned that the city will remove their subpage from the city website when the terms of the current board expire, making their own documentation inaccessible to the public & future boards.
the subpages for things like the blue ribbon commission (which is not currently active) remain accessible on the city website, so i can’t imagine why the CRB’s documents would be taken down... but it’s within the realm of possibility.
guillermo says a line by line reading of the bylaws took 6 hours last time they did that & it was... inefficient. i think everyone is hopeful we won’t be doing that tonight.
sarah says if any board member has edits or changes to the draft bylaws, they should be submitted to the board by this weekend. they have one more meeting scheduled for next week and their terms end july 2.
a lot of the issues they’re working through right now are about timing. if only they weren’t working on an entirely artificially created tight timeline. if only someone could just give them more time, at a cost of zero dollars.
hell yeah baby, it’s time to get into semantics arguments about individual words used in this 20+ page packet.
love 2 review bylaws forever.

the meeting has gotten so boring the cops’ lawyer didn’t even stick around.
jeff fogel asks about the department’s use of the term “investigative detention” in place of “stop & frisk.”
(the board agrees that “investigative detention” is a euphemism chief brackney uses and not a technical term)
i don’t know that “investigative detention” is much better than brackey’s first try at a euphemism for stop & frisk, “warrantless search and seizure,” which was at least honest

the board is now discussing the membership requirements for future board members & i just noticed new city manager dr tarron richardson has arrived in the audience.
several board members find the phrase “low wealth community” distasteful and want to find another way to phrase that in the membership requirements. (the phrase was taken from the original resolution authorizing the board: charlottesville.org/home/showdocum… )
the board is also discussing the lack of any explicit mention of race in the membership requirements. josh bowers is unsure if it’s wise to set racial quotas, especially because there will be a small stipend associated with board membership.
the current language says the board should have members that represent communities that have historically suffered from overpolicing, but they aren’t sure if they should be more specific in articulating that they mean black & latinx people.
the meeting has devolved into multiple side conversations
meeting adjourned. there’s going to be one extra meeting in addition to the one next tuesday, but i’m not sure they are set on a time and date.
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