Contact your Representatives
Dear Council Person:
Please ensure that any new Citizens Review Board law require that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department give the Citizens Review Board a copy of the applicable internal affairs file, in its entirety, at the very beginning of each new case the CRB reviews. I have been following the progress of the Citizens Review Board issue and feel that this is the only way to currently guarantee that the CRB has all the facts before making a decision.
I understand that the Citizens Review Board presently has “access” to the internal affairs file and may therefore obtain internal affairs information upon request. However, I believe that this is not enough. Only allowing “access” perpetuates the risks that:
The Citizens Review Board will not request relevant informationbecause it is unaware of the information’s existence;
Confusion will occur due to imperfect or misunderstood requests;
The Citizens Review Board will run out of time to make a decision before obtaining relevant information;
Internal affairs file information will not be distributed uniformly among different administrations of City Officials and Councils; and
The Citizens Review Board will not have all the facts to make a fully educated and fully informed decision.
On the other hand, giving the Citizens Review Board the entire internal affairs file from the beginning will be a simple fix that promises to make the CRB process run more efficiently, by eliminating the time and expenses associated with retrievals of requested information.
Citizens Review Board members undergo Citizens Academy training and sign confidentiality agreements before becoming members. I trust their ability to manage confidential information and their judgment in making sound decisions, so long as they have all the facts. Please ensure that they do have all the facts by requiring that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department give them the applicable internal affairs file, in its entirety, at the beginning of each new case they review.