NAACP among CMPD's Citizens Review Board complainants

NAACP among CMPD's Citizens Review Board complainants

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Citizens Review Board is supposed to be that final check and balance when it comes to the power of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

But Monday night several community groups including the NAACP and Democracy North Carolina are expected to complain that the board is nothing but a paper tiger without any teeth.

"I disagree with the concept that we should allow the police to police themselves," said defense attorney Matt Newton.

Newton is one of the people heading up the effort. Last September his brother Clay Mc Call was shot and killed when he allegedly charged at a couple of officers with lawn shears.

The department ruled that the officers were justified.

"I think my brother's passing-- it certainly has made me compassionate," said Newton.

Newton feels the board should have as much power as the Civil Service Board which has the ability to overrule the Chief on disciplinary matters.

"Every profession has an oversight committee, attorneys we have the bar, the medical profession has the medical board, financial sector has the S.E.C. why should our municipal police force have an oversight committee," said Newton.

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