In our email this morning, dire warnings from the Anaheim Police Association about the notion of a Civilian Review Board to oversee their activities in the city. The drastic implementation of “policies and police review processes” (in the wake of a riot last year that killed one) would “weaken” them via “political motivation” of the Board which is yet to be established or have anyone appointed to it by Mayor Tom Tait’s “hand-picked cronies”. Here’s Steve Greenhut’s great Reason Foundation piece on the topic: Anaheim Riots Spotlight Need for Broad Police Reform. So, from the APA:
|Stand with your police department and against ineffective Civilian Review Boards.Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and his supporters are attempting to weaken our police force by implementing policies and police review procedures that could jeopardize the safety of Anaheim’s families. Civilian Review Boards are ineffective at changing police behavior or policy. In fact, most CRB’s only sustain 10-15% of complaints filed against the police department. Officers’ decisions are no longer based on law and policy, but based on the political motivation of a review board. A CRB will further divide our community when decisions are not made based on the law, but on the personal politics and the lack of professional and legal training of a few. A CRB is a step backwards because it attempts to pacify the misinformed and those people who scream louder over the majority of residents and our professional Anaheim police officers! Click here to read a comprehensive Q&A list.Don’t let the Mayor’s hand-picked cronies take away our strong police force. As residents and businesses of Anaheim, it’s time to take a stand for safer streets, schools and homes. There are three ways to support the Anaheim Police Department:|
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