Voters in Rochester weighed in on a controversial proposal that could impact local police.
The majority of voters said “yes” to a police accountability board. The 22-page legislation already approved by Mayor Lovely Warren and the city council will replace a decades-old civilian review board.
Here’s how it will work: There will be nine people on the board, allowed to serve three-year terms. Four people will be nominated by the city council, four by the Police Accountability Board Alliance, and one by the mayor.
If there’s any complaint of police misconduct, the board will investigate the allegation. The group will have the power to subpoena evidence and witnesses and determine discipline for the officer.
The Rochester Police Locust Club has been fighting against this legislation for years. They agree change is needed, but say police discipline will not solve the problem.
Union President Mike Mazzeo says he will fight the police accountability board in court. He says the legal battle will cost taxpayers money in court.