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George Nilson
Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy
Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy

If City Solicitor George Nilson is correct in saying that the City Council can't issue a legal requirement that the police conduct themselves in a certain way, the BCPD would represent a private armed force accountable only to the mayor ("City solicitor calls police body camera bill 'illegal,'" Oct. 27). If he is not correct, however, he has exposed a level of arrogance at City Hall that is breathtaking in its willingness to claim power. The issue is no loner body cameras but whether the mayor and police commissioner consider themselves accountable to the elected representatives of the citizens they are sworn to serve. It's time to admit that the...