- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he wants to overhaul a police department citizen oversight panel to give it more teeth.

The Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, established in 2007, has failed to have much of an impact because of the limited power it was granted and its lack of independence from the police department.

Under its executive order, the panel can review alleged police misconduct cases or handle citizen appeals. But the panel cannot interview witnesses or conduct its own investigation and it does not have subpoena power.

One of Walsh’s appointees to the board tells The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1HGYAPf ) it needs an operating budget, an office outside of police headquarters, and a 90-day turnaround for appeals.

Police Commissioner William Evans says he is open to suggestions for improving the board.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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