RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — As more communities across the nation push to create citizen review boards to oversee police departments, some North Carolina advocates and leaders call the state’s existing boards “toothless.”
George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis renewed the push for police transparency and oversight nationwide. Citizen review boards are built upon the idea that increased transparency will increase trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
However, in North Carolina, some advocates said these boards aren’t given the power to actually hold police accountable.
“These boards do not do what they are supposed to do, because if they did we would not have the people in the street that we have, we would not see continuously the same bad behavior from law enforcement officers,” said Dawn Blagrove, the executive director of Emancipate NC.
Raleigh city leaders approved a police advisory board earlier this year.