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Groups to hold public forum on police accountability 

The Rochester Coalition for Police Reform will meet on Monday, March 19 to reorganize under Police Accountability Board Alliance, says member Barbara Lacker-Ware. The new organization will consist of about 30 different community groups. 
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The coalition recommended that an independent Police Accountability Board be formed and replace the current Civilian Review Board. The latter is a division of the Rochester Police Department and is responsible for police oversight, including complaints from the community about the police misconduct and excessive use of force.

Late last year the coalition argued that the police department simply cannot police themselves and that it's a conflict for the department to investigate itself.  The Police Accountability Board Alliance will advocate for six of the 11-member Police Accountability Board to be citizens selected from members of the alliance, says Lacker-Ware.

City Council President Loretta Scott said last month that Council has hired outside legal counsel to help resolve a major difference of opinion: can an independent body like the Alliance legally determine a police officer's discipline?

Monday's meeting will be held at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, at 7 p.m.

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