First Meeting Of Dallas Police Community Oversight Board Leads To Chaos

Alan Scaia
October 09, 2019 - 6:55 am
Dallas Police Community Oversight Board Leads to Chaos

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Activists began shouting and the chief cleared the room during the first meeting of the Dallas Police Community Oversight Board​ Tuesday evening.

The meeting at Dallas City Hall was intended to explain the structure of the board, but the meeting did not include a public comment portion.

When the board adjourned without taking comments, people in the crowd started yelling. Chief Renee Hall called extra officers into the room, who stood between her and the crowd.

"We can't work together if we keep fighting," she said.

The board then did decide to allow public comment.

"I will allow you to speak. The chairman stated he will allow you to speak, but we will not have all these outbursts," Hall told the crowd.

During the public comment portion, people questioned whether the board would have power to deal with issues like corruption or use-of-force.

"You guys don't even have any input until the investigation's done," one man said. "This is a feel-good board. It has no teeth whatsoever."

Activists asked three board members to resign, saying they had made comments showing they do not truly support the concept of a community oversight board. They say the board must have the best interest of the community in mind on investigations, complaints and police relations.

"You're here to represent the people and give us a fair opportunity when we are being handled or mishandled by police here in this city," said McKinney City Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell.

No one did step down.

Board members said they do have the power to order independent investigations of use-of-force cases, they have subpoena power and can ask for disciplinary action against officers.