Kansas City groups continue call for police review board
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A coalition of civil rights groups in Kansas City continues to call for the creation of an independent citizens review board to monitor and investigate fatal shootings by police officers.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City requested the review board during a monthly Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday. The conference is one of 20 groups that called for reforms.
Police board member Alvin Brooks says the board is created through a Missouri statute and individual commissioners are appointed by the governor. He says that prohibits the board from establishing a separate independent entity to investigate fatal police shootings.
Other proposed reforms include the appointment of a victim advocates team that would reach out to victims of police shootings and mediate between victims and police.