Listening Session tonight on Police Advisory Board

The Bemidji City Council will hold a listening session this evening on a police advisory board.

According to a memo in the city packet, state law indicates that a “civilian review board, commission, or other oversight body shall not have the authority to make a finding of fact or determination regarding a complaint against an officer or impose discipline on an officer.”

The council would like to hear from the public on who should serve on a police advisory board, what its function should be, and the public’s thoughts on an equity committee.

The meeting stems from civil unrest related to the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police Custody. The council set this meeting months ago, with plans to hold the event in person at the Sanford Event Center. Due to rising COVID-19 numbers in Beltrami County, the meeting was moved to be held only online through Cisco WebEx.

More information on the meeting is available on the city’s website, with the city packet here.

Related articles:

Notice of Public Hearing

Bemidji Council finalizes format for public listening session

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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