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New contract to expand police auditor's reach

Original post made on Jun 9, 2021

Palo Alto's independent police auditor would have new powers to review instances involving violent arrests and internal disputes between police officers under a contract that the City Council is set to approve on Monday.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 9, 2021 at 10:24 am

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SO glad that this new City Council is finally demanding more accountability and transparency from the police and city staff than the last council which reduced the auditor's role.

Posted by M. Park
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 9, 2021 at 12:15 pm

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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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It's my view that you can never have too much oversight over police. I remember that, a long time ago, there used to be a Citizens Review Board that questioned new hires. The premise was that ordinary Palo Alto residents would be able to question and, indeed, have a veto IIRC for any prospective new hire to the police academy. The idea was that regular, non-police department citizens might be able to spot some potential bad hire. Sadly, there is always a certain number, small though it may be, of people wanting to be cops because they like being dominant over other people. These "bad apples" are the ones you read about in cases (and lawsuits) such as we've seen all over the country.'

A good police officer with the right idea of "serve and protect" should not fear oversight.

Posted by scott
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 10, 2021 at 3:13 pm

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When an officer commits an abuse off by themself, you can say they might be a bad apple. What Palo Alto has seen in recent years is police committing abuses in full view of colleagues.

The word for that is 'culture.'