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Ostrow was president of the City Council from 2002 to 2005. He later served as budget chair from 2006 to 2009.
Candidates weigh in on police misconduct
Following a number of recent reports concerning police misconduct, several candidates said they would fight for improvements.
Hodges said during a City Hall news conference that the city needs to improve its system for monitoring officer behavior.
“We need to enhance our early intervention system that we have right now,” Hodges said. “Because we have an early warning system, but ... we also need to intervene when we see that problems might come. I think we need to enhance that in general.”
Just how she would do that remains unclear. She said the system “needs to be stronger” and “more widely throughout the community.”
She also emphasized the continuation of a number of existing efforts. She said the city should continue to hire officers that better reflect the city’s population, for example.
As for the replacement of the Civilian Review Authority (CRA), which investigated complaints against police, with a Police Conduct Review Panel comprised partly of police officers, Hodges said it was the result of a change in state law. She did not support the change, but is “waiting to see the results” of the new panel.
Andrew said in a statement that the CRA was treated like a “political football” and eliminated instead of strengthened. He said he was “troubled” by the nixing of the CRA.
“The Police Conduct Oversight Commission has yet to even begin work,” Andrew said. “How can we as a city claim to take seriously issues of racial bias when we haven’t done the most basic things like ensure there is proper oversight?”
Eric Roper • 612-673-1732 Twitter: @StribRoper