Police Review Blog

The Coalition for Police Review is an alliance dedicated to the implementation of genuine and effective police review processes for all law enforcement agencies operating in Humboldt County. It includes Redwood Chapter ACLU, Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, Human Rights Commission, Waterfront Greens and many more.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006



Notice is hereby given by the person whose names appear hereon of their intention to circulate the petition within the City of Eureka for the purpose of adding a subchapter to Title III, Chapter 33 of the Eureka Municipal Code. A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows:

Civilian control of the military is a cornerstone of our democratic republic. Our society depends upon maintaining mutual trust and respect between citizens and their armed forces. Likewise, our paramilitary forces as constituted in our local police forces must also be held accountable to the people.

Currently the review of complaints against the Eureka Police Department are done in-house, without review by elected officials or the general public. This lends to the perception that citizen complaints are neither thoroughly examined nor impartially considered. As with any other branch of government, independent audit and oversight are essential to ensure public confidence in the police.

In many communities across California, the establishment of police review commissions have lead to improved communication and growing trust between police departments and the people they serve. A police review commission for Eureka will provide a means for independent, prompt and impartial investigation and mediation of complaints brought against the Eureka Police Department, as well as providing a forum for citizens to review and make recommendations regarding law enforcement policies, practices and procedures.

A police review commission will not take the place of or infringe upon the prerogatives of duly sworn law enforcement officers. The Chief of Police will retain exclusively the ability to promote, demote, hire and fire officers as he or she sees fit. A police review commission will provide advice and reports to the City Manager and City Council, and it shall remain up to them to enact any proposed reforms or take any actions on substantiated complaints.

-Heidi Calton
-David Giarrizzo
-Xandra Manns


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absurd. Greens=Totalitarianism.
They won't be happy until they ARE the law.
God help us all against them.

7:12 AM  
Blogger greeningeureka said...

How can this ballot initiative be totalitarian? The people get to vote on it, and even after the voters approve of it, the powers of the committee are only to advise and make recommendations. There will be no affect on the police department's ability to enforce the laws of the land.

1:46 PM  

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