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Big turnout at Police Transitional committee

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A crowd of concern citizens packed the meeting room at Julius Davis Library where the Metropolitan Police Department held a transitional committee on Wednesday, December 18th 2013. There were so many people that some people stood up against the wall. Most of the attendance express their support of civilian oversight police officers. There was a consensus amount the attendees that not only they were disapproved of the police performance, but they didn't trust the police. At the beginning of the meeting Chief Dotson told the crowd that people would have an opportunity to make comments and the committee would take the comments. The Mayor's Operation Officer Eddie Roth told the crowd that the committee is focused on narrow technical issues relating to law enforcement made prior to the meeting.

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Throughout the meeting, the committee heard testimony after testimony on the need for a civilian review board. What is known as the Blue Shield of Silence is a brotherhood what officers depend on to shield them from discipline. Diane Waterdorf explains that the police brotherhood, like firefighter brotherhood, are there for officers to rely on in life and death situations. Citizens testified argued Internal Affairs can't be effective because it's made up of police officers. Most people spoke against surveillance drones flying around monitoring the city. There was one person who spoke in favor of drones. Most attendance felt that the committee wasn't responsive enough. There where multiple time when the committee was asked to take a position on civilian review board, but Dotson and Roth reminded that audience that they are there to listen and it's the audience responsibility to make a recommendation.

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