TONIGHT: City to hold first public forum on police oversight at 6 p.m.


City leaders on Wednesday evening will hold the first of three public forums scheduled through next week to allow residents to provide feedback on police oversight recommendations drawn up by a board of police and activist groups.

The Austin City Council passed a resolution in March that directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to look into evidence-based best practices for civilian oversight of police.

The Police Oversight Advisory Working Group is composed by members of the Austin Police Department, the Austin police union, community activists and other city leaders. They have been working together to come up with recommendations for police oversight related to independence, the complaint process, community engagement and outreach, data analysis and public reporting, and a community panel.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1206 E. 9th St. from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The other two meetings are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Great Mount Zion Church, 4301 Tannehill Ln.

Check back on this story for updates from American-Statesman public safety reporter Mark Wilson, who will be live-tweeting from tonight’s forum.


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