September 14, 2020

City-County Council Will Consider Proposal To Add Community Voices To IMPD Governance

Representatives from Faith in Indiana gathered at the City-Council Building in Indianapolis Monday to voice support for a new proposal that would update governance of the city's police department.  - Robert Moscato-Goodpaster/WFYI

Representatives from Faith in Indiana gathered at the City-Council Building in Indianapolis Monday to voice support for a new proposal that would update governance of the city's police department.

Robert Moscato-Goodpaster/WFYI

Representatives from Faith in Indiana gathered at the City-Council Building in Indianapolis Monday to voice support for a new proposal that would update governance of the city's police department.

The proposal would add Indianapolis residents to a General Orders Board that would approve Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department policy.  Currently, the orders committee is made up of only IMPD representatives.   

Pastor Clyde Posely supports the proposal and emphasized the need for reform.

"Proposition 237 is not an indictment of the police, but rather an opportunity for the police to include those for whom they say they hear and want to protect and serve," Posely said.

The proposal currently has the support of 17 counselors who have agreed to sign on as co-sponsors. Democrat Crista Carlino is co-author of the proposal. She said she hopes it will spark similar community-led proposals across the nation.

“Hope is not a solution, and we stand before you today committed to bring forth change in the city of Indianapolis in a committed partnership with not only our citizenry but our partners in law enforcement," Carlino said.

Proposal 237 will be assigned for a hearing in front of the council’s safety and criminal justice committee.

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