City Council to hold special meeting tonight on police review board

Monday, June 8, 2009 | 11:40 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. in the Daniel Boone City Building to hear public feedback about the formation of a Citizens Police Review Board.

Toni Messina, city spokeswoman, said the city doesn't have an estimate of how many Columbia residents will attend the meeting, but Mayor Darwin Hindman said he suspects there will be a substantial amount of public comments.

"We want to allow as much input as people want to bring," Hindman said.

In addition to public comments, formal presentations will be made at the meeting.

Representatives from the Citizens Oversight Committee, the group appointed by Hindman to look into the issue, have made a report about the creation of a Citizens Police Review Board.

Paula Hertwig-Hopkins, assistant city manager, will make a presentation to the council, as will representatives from the Columbia Police Officers Association.

Messina said she wouldn't be surprised if police officers from the Columbia Police Department attended the meeting, but said they are not scheduled to make a formal presentation.

After hearing the presentations, the council will have the option to vote on creating a Citizens Police Review Board. Hindman said he expects the council will pass some sort of civilian police review board but doesn't know if it will be exactly what the Citizens Oversight Committee recommended.

"I have felt for years we need a civilian review board," Hindman said.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.