CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- The group that evaluates community complaints against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police has a one-sided history. In 16 years, the Citizens Review Board has always agreed with CMPD.
On Monday evening, City Council discussed proposed changes to the ordinance that governs the CRB. They are sweeping changes drafted by city manager Ron Carlee to make the appeals process easier.
His proposed changes are the result of task force recommendations designed to overhaul the CRB in the wake of community concern.
Community activists like Charlotte attorney Matt Newton, the spokesperson for the group CRB Reform NOW, said they were mostly pleased with the changes.
"We are ecstatic," he said. "It is the final piece of the puzzle. Moving forward, it appears that we have a review board that has the bare minimum requirements it needs to be effective."