By Toby Ditz
Over a dozen people attended the Advocacy Workshop organized by the No Boundaries Coalition on July 25th at their Avenue Engagement Center at 1808 Pennsylvania Ave. They gathered to comment in writing and for the public record on the recently released report by the Community Oversight Task Force (COTF). The task force, chaired by Ray Kelly, was appointed by the mayor under the terms of the judicial consent decree to make specific recommendations about civilian oversight on policing.
Kelly and others opened the meeting by providing an informative overview of the COTF’s recommendations. Their core recommendations include the following:
After the briefing, the attendees got to work. Many wrote eloquent letters about their own experiences with the Baltimore police.
The COFT report is available online in its entirety—and it’s eye-opening. It is visionary in its commitment to racially just policing, while also offering practical, detailed recommendations that can be implemented now. It is also based on exhaustive research, including site visits to other cities.
The public comment period on the Task Force report officially ended on August 10, but you can still contact your city and state representatives to express your views.