We are all better off when our government operates under checks-and-balances. A three-member civilian review board of the OPA is an important check on local police actions.
When the civilian review board refuses to issue reports because they have been denied access to information or have no assurance of legal protection, as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has reported, it does a disservice to the citizens of Seattle.
I encourage everyone to support the civilian review board by attending the following public meeting and speaking in support of them:
The Seattle City Council's Public Safety, Governmental Relations and Arts Committee will hold a public hearing on police accountability at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., in the City Council chambers.