Citizen's Review Board Facing Criticism For Not Taking Action
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Preici Jones said she was arrested by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department four years ago for a crime she didn't commit. "Wrongfully, very wrongfully accused," said the West Charlotte Resident. Jones filed a complaint with the Citizen's Review Board.
Jones' complaint was one of the dozens reviewed by Jason Huber's Civil Rights Clinic at the Charlotte School of Law. Huber leads a group of law students that have concerns about due process.
"I think it raises serious questions as to whether or not the Citizen's Review Board is an adequate forum to address allegations of police misconduct," Huber said.
The board has had four hearings at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. Since it formed in 1997, they've considered a total of 77 appeals. After taking a closer look at all of those, they never determined that the Chief of Police abused his discretion.
"I can understand how a citizen can look at that and go...well...what's the point of having that body?" said the Citizen's Review Board Attorney Julian Wright.
Wright has been the attorney for the board since it was created. "What the board has consistently universally found since its creation is that there aren't situations where the chief or internal affairs
A mission accomplished that left Preici Jones wanting more from the board that chose not to pursue her appeal.
"They are leaving me hanging without setting it straight. I think it needs to be set straight. What happened to me," she said.
The Board is made up of volunteers appointed by the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.