October 22, 2020
The Alexandria Police Department may soon have a new civilian oversight board, which could have the ability to subpoena witnesses and documents as well as make binding disciplinary determinations.
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City Council members to consider creating citizen board to investigate police
Last spring, disparities in law enforcement created a groundswell of support for a new civilian review board in Alexandria, a group that could investigate excessive use of force and abuse of authority. Since that time, the General Assembly passed a new law giving these kinds of bodies authority to subpoena documents and witnesses as well as make binding disciplinary determinations. Now members of the City Council are about to consider several options for what kind of civilian review board they want to create.