This article from LoHud.com features quotes from Nada Khader, one of our members. Khader discusses our demands for more transparency and accountable of the White Plains Police Department. The article was published last month.
A coalition of civic groups, clergy and fraternal organizations is calling on the city to establish a formal citizens advisory board to meet regularly with police officials to discuss concerns and promote better communication with minority communities.
At a recent Common Council meeting, the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform [WCPR] questioned the transparency of an advisory board that meets quarterly with White Plains Public Safety officials. The official city website does not include the advisory board on its list of official boards and commissions.
Nada Khader, executive director of the WESPAC Foundation [and a member WCPR], said the coalition,”would like to see representation on the advisory group from the most impacted (public housing) communities, including Winbrook, Lake Street and Ferris Avenue.”
The coalition says it wants to see a board that is transparent and promotes police accountability under the guidelines set forth in the final report of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was released last year.
“The spirit of the request is not meant to be antagonistic,” Khader said. “The goal is for better community-police relations.”
Read the full article here.
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