Morgantown City Council votes to move forward with creating a Civilian Policing and Review Advisory Board

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 11:39 PM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - The Morgantown City Council voted in favor of a first ordinance to create a Civilian Policing and Review Advisory Board in the city.

Nine citizens will be selected to serve on the board working with the police department and the city. Representatives from ACLU and NAACP said they are part of the committee that has been working on the process and are in favor of the ordinance. Mollie Kennedy with ACLU said this would move their city in the right direction. “I want to reiterate review boards are a measured proactive step in to improving and policing community relationships with law enforcement in our city. It’s a chance to lead the state in this effort.”

Deputy Mayor Rachel Fetty is the chair for the committee that crafted the ordinance. She said, this is not just a progressive issue. “Focusing on their safety and wellbeing. The wellbeing of everyone is benefiting us all. No matter what our political beliefs are.” She said the committee worked with Police Chief Eric Powell throughout the process as well.

The first ordinance was passed unanimously by the council on May 4.

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