BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Monday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the formation of the city’s first Civilian Review Board.
“The Civilian Review Board is a collaborative effort, birthed by our Public Safety Task Force, and will provide a very authentic community voice to policing in our city, ” Woodfin said during a press conference.
Woodfin was joined by members of the division of Racial Justice and Racial Equity and the city’s Office of Peace of Policy.
“This task force puts mom’s and dad’s, faith leaders and community activists, young professionals and more at the same table as our police force,” Randall said.
The members of Birmingham’s first Civilian Review Board will be Reverend Lawrence Conway, Activist T. Marie King, former Birmingham Police Chief Annetta Nunn, and Public Safety Task Force members Victor Revill and Joyce White Vance.
Randall said the formation of this review board will “build bridges, to cultivate trust, creating more checks and balances, and for ensuring justice.”
J.D. Jackson, cousin of Bonita Carter who was shot and killed by Birmingham police in 1979, attended the mayor’s press conference where Randall signed an executive order forming the review board.
The Civilian Review Board will have the authority to investigate citizen’s complaints and send subpoena powers under Alabama state law, but there will be exceptions. Cases will not be sent to the review board that are directly referred to the District Attorney, Jefferson County Personnel Board, or the Department of Internal Affairs.
“However, the Civilian Review Board will investigate complains submitted by Birmingham residents, in response to allegations of police misconduct,” Woodfin said.
If the review board proves misconduct, an investigation will automatically trigger a 30 day review period. Upon completion, the information and the boards recommendations will be submitted to the Birmingham Police Chief.
The review board are expected to meet in the “coming weeks,” and will begin taking complaints by July, according to Brandon Johnson, the director of Peace and Policy.
For the full video of the announcement, click here.