New Rochelle among first NY cities to establish committee to review police practices

The committee of 15 people will take a deep look into the department's policies and practices.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 9:47 PM

Updated 1,371 days ago

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New Rochelle is among the first cities across the state establishing committees to review policing practices.
The committee of 15 people will take a deep look into the department's policies and practices.
City Manager Charles Strome says the City Council called for the review following the fatal police shooting of Kamal Flowers back in June amid Black Lives Matter protests. The effort also meets the state mandate for all police departments to reinvent and modernize their strategies by next April.
"Our use of force has been very rare. It was seven years before this incident we had a use of force and before that, over 20 years," he says.
The department was criticized for not having body cameras during the incident with Flowers - something the committee will likely consider - but Strome says the city is already shopping for vendors and considering how to implement a program as soon as next year.
"The cameras themselves are not cheap, they also require massive storage of data because the video from cameras are public records," says Strome.
Strome says the committee members come from diverse backgrounds and were chosen from 135 applicants.
The committee will begin meeting this month and is expected to deliver a list of recommendation to the City Council by as soon as October.
The city manager says he believes money will be allocated to launch a body camera program in the 2021 budget.
 


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