Citizen Law Enforcement Review Board Petition for Greenville County
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Please join our effort to petition Greenville County Council to establish a Greenville County Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board. We need 5,000 signatures in support of this initiative. We want you to be one of the leading advocates for this important citizens movement.
When an allegation of police brutality is made, a community faces a crisis that may define it and paralyze it for a decade or longer if the situation spins out of control.
One proven solution is a citizens’ review board or CLERB. By addressing incidents that have occurred in a fair and impartial manner, a CLERB prevents the escalation of volatile situations with the trust and respect of the law enforcement community as well as those who bring a complaint to the CLERB.
As a former law enforcement officer and civil right advocate, I understand the perspective of both the law enforcement community and a community that is skeptical of traditional investigations of civilian complaints. That’s why I support the implementation of a CLERB with subpoena powers.
A CLERB can protect citizens and support the predominantly decent members of the law enforcement community. It will ensure accountability and oversight of law enforcement. It establishes a buffer against frivolous complaints.
The most effective CLERBs are created by the governing body that controls the budget of the law enforcement agency. CLERBs are comprised exclusively of civilians who rely on professional investigators in reaching their independent determinations.
Change starts with us. We have the power to protect our citizenry and our law enforcement; therefore, I invite you to support a Greenville County CLERB.
• Min. Paul L. Guy is a former deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff Office, former president of the NAACP and currently the Executive Director of Beyond Differences, a cross-cultural organization that addresses race relations, public safety and youth development and engagement.
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