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History of the Citizens Police Review Board

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | 10:51 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Citizens Police Review Board was established in 2009 to increase accountability and the community's trust in the Columbia Police Department.

This timeline shows the board's history, beginning from its proposal and ending with its first review of a complaint against the department. Here are all of our articles about the board and its creation.

  • Feb. 11, 2006 — Alva Scott, then 34, is arrested at the Columbia Mall and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
  • Sept. 18, 2006 — David Smith, Scott's attorney, proposes an ordinance to Columbia City Council to create a citizens review board. Smith is later chosen to serve on the oversight committee.
  • Nov. 2, 2006 — Bill Watkins recommends the council vote against a civilian review board saying that such an ordinance "would be like trying to kill a mosquito with a 50-pound sledge hammer."
  • Jan. 16, 2007 — Aaron Thompson, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, is hired to review the Columbia Police Department's internal affairs process.
  • May 7, 2007 — Thompson presents his findings to the council and recommends the Police Department be overhauled for the first time in 20 years.
  • June 2007 — Mayor Darwin Hindman creates the Citizen Oversight Committee to look into possible changes.
  • Feb. 1, 2008 — The Police Department creates the Professional Standards Unit to handle all internal affairs processes.
  • March 13 to April 17, 2008 — The Citizen Oversight Committee holds five public forums to hear citizens' concerns about the department's responsiveness to the community.
  • April 17, 2008 — The Missourian reports that a study by the oversight committee finds a racial disparity between white and black citizens in how complaints are investigated by police.
  • April 21, 2008 — Columbia Police Officers Association endorses external oversight of the Police Department.
  • June 27, 2008 — The Citizen Oversight Committee votes unanimously to recommend external oversight to the Police Department.
  • Oct. 6, 2008 — Rex Campbell and Jeff Williams, co-chairmen of the Citizen Oversight Committee, present the committee's final report to the council.
  • Feb. 19, 2009 — Ken Burton is chosen as the city's new police chief after an eight-month search.
  • July 20, 2009 — The City Council unanimously passes the ordinance establishing the board.
  • Nov. 3, 2009 — The council picks eight of the nine members for the board from an original pool of 49 applicants. The Human Rights Commission appoints the ninth member to the board later that day.
  • Aug. 4, 2010 — The board hears its first appeal of a complaint, more than a year after its creation. The appeal was filed by Ed Rosenthal, a California resident, after Burton's internal investigation ruled that a group of officers acted appropriately when they searched a home on Kinloch Court. During the raid, the officers shot a pit bull while a 7-year-old was in the house.

Will Guldin contributed to this report.


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Comments

Ray Shapiro August 12, 2010 | 12:20 p.m.

Another understanding of the "history" of the CPRB can be attained by reading through the minutes of City Council meetings and focusing on those who spoke on behalf of the community and those who spoke for CPD.
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Council/
And from the article above:
("The Citizens Police Review Board was established in 2009 to increase accountability and the community's trust in the Columbia Police Department."
"Aug. 4, 2010 — The board hears its first appeal of a complaint, more than a year after its creation. The appeal was filed by Ed Rosenthal, a California resident, after Burton's internal investigation ruled that a group of officers acted appropriately when they searched a home on Kinloch Court. During the raid, the officers shot a pit bull while a 7-year-old was in the house.")
One complaint from "an outsider" a year doesn't seem to be an excessive amount for Columbians to handle. I believe Kespohl is either grandstanding or over reacting.
Fix the "professionalism" of the Board first. They should be saturated with NACOLE instead of wallowing in local politics.
http://www.nacole.org/

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tom kelly August 14, 2010 | 5:14 p.m.

What a trail. Excuse my confusion, I'm trying to understand this.
Okay, the Mayor establishes a Citizen Oversight Committee to help the City Council who appoints the Citizens Review Board. That's great, and sounds noble. But, if these people are appointed by city officials, where does the regular unbiased Citizens Review come into play? I guess I'm questioning how the City Council decides who is on the Review Board. Not, the one human rights guy, but the other eight. Are they citizens, or puppets?

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