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Policing & Government in Rochester
Below are links with information about the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission, a civilian city commission organized to hear community concerns and complaints about police.
In addition, this page also has some links to general city council pages. Local governance and participation in local politics is one way that we can all stay informed, connected, and active in democratic ways. We also challenge and encourage our leaders to continue engaging our underrepresented and most vulnerable community members (even if they have no voting power). The watershed events in Ferguson, MO in 2014 and elsewhere that sparked #Black Lives Matter, are deeply connected to wider issues of lack of representation and advocacy in local government, city councils, and police forces. (You can read more at Campaign Zero and in the articles "No More Money for the Police" and"The Problem of African American Underrepresentation in City Councils.
Video from the July 21, 2016 Olmsted County Department of Human Rights Commission Community Meeting. Panel with Rochester Police Chief Peterson "Challenges & Changes to Policing in the 21st Century"
RECENT LOCAL & STATE NEWS COVERAGE
Rochester Mayor takes pledge to review and reform police use of force policies (Med City Beat, June 4, 2020)
Police Chief Calls on Rochester for Change (Post Bulletin, July 20, 2016)
Our View: Continuing Dialogue Needed For Change (Post Bulletin, July 14, 2016)
RACIAL JUSTICE MODELS FROM OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENTS
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