Voters to Decide Power of Proposed Police Accountability Board
By Spectrum News Staff
Voters could get a chance to decide if the City Council’s proposed Police Accountability Board will be able to discipline officers.
City Council is expected to vote on the proposed legislation to create the board in May.
Part of the legislation, and a major sticking point in the proposal, would allow members to discipline an officer for miscounduct. Right now that’s something only the mayor and the police chief have the power to do.
In order for the discipline piece to be included, voters would have to approve it.
City Council says, if the PAB proposal is appoved in May, voters will decide on the discipline in a referendum in November.
The Rochester Police Locust Club has strongly opposed the board, saying the legislation is written based on inaccurrate or incomplete information.