Madison
18° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement

Start With The PFC

Published On: Mar 04 2013 06:09:39 PM CST
Neil Heinen photo

 

 

START WITH THE PFC

03/03/13

A little more than week ago we told you how impressed we were with the independent police complaint review panel WISC’s Theo Keith found in Knoxville, Tennessee. The citizen panel helped create an environment of trust in Knoxville that benefitted both citizens and law enforcement. We thought it a good starting place for Madison as it continues resolving the recent fatal police shooting of Paul Heenan.


As we look deeper into this issue we keep running into our own Police and Fire Commission, and ask if perhaps that should the starting place locally for establishing this kind of citizen review and oversight process. In some ways the PFC is statutorily stronger than the Knoxville model. And it could be even stronger.

We know Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff is especially thoughtful on the PFC. It’s not perfect, but we think the city council might do well to look at it as a place to start boosting this community’s response to police incidents.

 

 

Advertisement
  • Ferguson protests after grand jury

    Jim Young/Reuters

    Ferguson reacts to grand jury decision

    The announcement of a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown was met with chaos Monday night.

  • Nation reax Ferguson blurb image

    REUTERS

    Nation reacts to Ferguson decision

    A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown set off demonstrations across the United States Monday night.

  • Thanksgiving, turkey, holiday, Christmas

    istock

    Thanksgiving Day fast facts

    Here's some background information about Thanksgiving Day, celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2014, Thanksgiving is Nov. 27th.

Advertisement