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Few police abuse cases find way to civilian review
Yawu Miller | 2/26/2014, 11:06 a.m.


Seven years after the city established a civilian board to review allegations of police abuse, the board remains largely powerless, ineffective and little-known according to attorneys and community activists contacted by the Banner.

The three-person Civilian Ombudsman Oversight Panel reviews a small fraction of the civilian complaints referred to the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, often taking more than a year to review cases and upholding the majority of the IAD’s findings over the last two years, according to information on the board’s website.

FULL STORY HERE: http://baystatebanner.com/news/2014/feb/26/few-police-abuse-cases-find-way-civilian-review/

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