Lawrence City Commission to consider changes to handling complaints against police

Lawrence City Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will consider establishing a new community police review board that would help the city handle complaints against the police department.

The new board would replace the Citizen Advisory Board for Fair and Impartial Policing, and it would have some additional responsibilities and oversight regarding complaints of police misconduct, including complaints of racial and other bias.

Currently, residents are generally instructed to make complaints about the police department to the department itself, and the advisory board receives only summaries from the police department at the end of the investigation.

“This new board would be looking into allegations of racial or other bias-based policing and actually hearing what the police department investigated, and be more involved with it,” Assistant City Attorney Maria Garcia said, “whereas the board right now doesn’t hear any details about an internal investigation.”

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