Of Counsel

Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Atlanta Police Oversight

Posted by Maggie on September 30, 2007

The AJC today reports on the Citizen Review Board set up by the City Council in the aftermath of the Kathryn Johnston shooting last year.

Two members just attended a Law Enforcement Oversight conference. They have a $200,000 budget, but no set policies or start date.

As much as I think we need this type of system (especially in light of my last post) I am concerned about the propensity for red tape and bureaucracy we have in Atlanta government. In the last couple weeks, for example, I’ve called two separate agencies trying to find something out. I called several times, spoke with several people, was sent from person to person, and while one question was eventually answered, the other still isn’t and no one has returned a phone call or email. The City is incredibly frustrating and difficult to deal with and I hope the Citizen Review Board finds a way to govern itself effectively.

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