The Dallas City Council last week replaced the Citizens Police Review Board with the Community Police Oversight Board. On the surface, this seems nothing more than meaningless wordplay. Yet underneath, it is a transformative step toward 21st-century policing and public safety.
Accountability is about transparency, not punishment. Oversight is about collaboration, not disempowerment. The oversight board will not diminish Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall's authority over the police department. She has remained steadfast in her duty to protect her officers from legal or administrative jeopardy. By also championing the citizens DPD serves, Hall has shown the courage to usher in a new era of community engagement that eluded her 28 predecessors.
In the aftermath of the vote, many deservedly received praise for their contributions. But one group was critical to this historic success: the citizens of Dallas. Make no mistake, they manifested this.Read More