City Council Will Vote to End Tasers, Limit Police Review Board Use
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will vote Monday on ordinances to end taser use in Columbia, and limit use of the Columbia Police Review Board.
A Columbia taser initiative officially received the 3,667 signatures on July 19th to earn a vote before the city council.
If the council votes yes, taser use in Columbia will be a class A misdemeanor, essentially making it illegal for Columbia police to use them in the line of duty. If the council votes no though, the initiative has enough signatures to put it on the Columbia November ballot. A second ordinance before the council would put the initiative before a city-wide vote if the council votes no. Councilman Gary Kespohl says he plans on letting the people of Columbia decide how tasers should be used in their city.
Also on the agenda is the reformatting of the CPRD submission guidelines.
At the July 19th council meeting councilman Gary Kespohl recommended that the CPRD only take appeals made by Columbia citizens or out-of-towners directly involved in Columbia incidents.
The board agreed, and prepared an ordinance that the council will vote on tomorrow night.
The ordinance the council will vote on states, besides any Columbia resident, only a person who is a victim of misconduct, a family member of a victim, or a witness to misconduct by Columbia police can submit an appeal.