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Panel calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'

Panel calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'

The task force reviewing civilian oversight of Baltimore police is calling for a more powerful “independent police accountability agency,” replacing the existing Civilian Review Board, which critics have complained lacks authority to hold officers accountable.

The Community Oversight Task Force, known as COTF, issued a 74-page report this month that recommends disbanding the Civilian Review Board, which currently investigates civilian complaints. In its place, the task force recommends creating and funding a stronger, fully independent oversight body with “full investigatory and subpoena powers.”

The task force members wrote that the current model is ineffective and the city...

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