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Citizens' Police Review Board to hear first complaint

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 12:07 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Citizens' Police Review Board is scheduled to discuss its first complaint Wednesday night.

The complaint was filed by a man from the state of California. Ed Rosenthal, of medical marijuana defense and education fund Green Aid, complained to the Columbia Police Department, and then to the review board, after watching the YouTube video of a SWAT team shooting two dogs during a Feb. 11 raid at 1501 Kinloch Court, according to a previous Missourian article. The SWAT team killed a pit bull and injured another family dog during the raid. Police found a small amount of marijuana in the house. A child was also present during the raid.

Columbia Police Department Chief Ken Burton is scheduled to present a review of police policies and procedures. No one from the public other than Burton is scheduled to speak at the meeting, said Chairwoman Ellen LoCurto-Martinez. (See the full list of review board members here.)

However, anyone can speak during the meeting. Members of the public do not have to register in advance, and anyone is welcome to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting, LoCurto-Martinez said.

The review board meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers at the new City Hall building.


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