I am writing you as a concerned resident and citizen of Arizona. In light of all we have experienced over the last year, it is imperative that Arizona and we as the community take steps towards being more accountable, equitable and transparent. It is no secret that Phoenix alone, ranks as number one in the nation with the most police brutality/shootings https://www.security.org/resources/police-brutality-statistics/, the majority being perpetrated against Black and Brown people https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/cities. Having civilian oversight is a STARTING point towards transparency and accountability. Having non-law enforcement, civilians, as members of the CIVILIAN review board, is paramount to the safety of our communities.
Line C reads ” FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD" MEANS A COMMITTEE THAT IS COMPRISED ENTIRELY OR PARTIALLY OF CIVILIAN APPOINTEES”, yet, as it stands, the requirements as placed in HB2462, state that in order to be considered for appointment, a person must either complete the Police Academy or complete the AZPOST training. Essentially being a police officer, or worse, someone who completed the courses but did not make the force or were kicked out. Additionally, unless the state is prepared to fully, financially compensate a civilian to complete these courses, this certainly deters working families and individuals from applying as they will not be able to earn wages.
HB2462 is dangerous to our communities, continues to uphold the disintegration of transparency and accountability within individual departments and does not all