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By: Diane Benjamin
Remember when City hall was packed with people wanting citizens to oversee the Police? Remember this new Board supposedly only had the power to review cases after all other remedy within the Police Department was exhausted?
The Public Safety Community Review Board was the first wedge jammed between citizens and the Bloomington Police Department. This Board has met every month this year. Agendas are posted, but to find minutes you have to read the packets. All of the packets aren’t posted, so neither are the minutes: http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1604
This Board did draft a brochure: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16008
The Ordinance creating this Board stated the Council must approve brochures etc. The draft copy was created in either February or March, I don’t remember it coming to the Council for approval.
See the original documentation creating this Board – PDF page 120: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14322
Diana Hauman was the only Alderman to vote against it.
This Board can second guess what the police do and suggest better ways for them to operate.
The Welcoming Ordinance can tie the hands of the police.
This is who was behind creating the Board:
The same groups are behind the Welcoming Ordinance.
I found an interesting statement by Chief Heffner in the January minutes: PDF page 8 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15804
The PSCRB is a solution in search of a problem.
So is the Welcoming Ordinance.
The FAR left groups above are attempting to run Bloomington and Normal themselves. Normal gave them more power. Bloomington has already empowered them with the PSCRB. The Welcoming Ordinance will further usurp the power of the elected and the police charged with protecting all citizens.
Utopia is close. Next will be: illegals voting, subsidized housing, $15 minimum wage
Because the Council allowed this Board to be created, Bloomington citizens are now paying employees to attend meetings and a lawyer from Springfield. You will also pay for whatever they plan to print and distribution costs.
Community Organizing is the new democracy, I bet a lot of officers can’t wait to retire.
The writer of this comment is a member of Black Lives Matter Blono and an employee of the YWCA. She works with kids, do you wonder what she is teaching them? I do!