Miami-Dade Commissioners Ready For Vote On Civilian Oversight Panel For Police
Miami-Dade commissioners likely will vote next week on reviving an oversight panel for the police department, as the stalled effort gets new life on the heels of countywide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who sponsored oversight legislation vetoed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez in 2018 , is backing a plan that mirrors the mayor’s criteria for the kind of panel he would support. Rather than seats held by community groups, as Jordan proposed two years ago, this legislation allows commissioners to appoint oversight members, the arrangement Gimenez said he would support in 2018.
“I vetoed it because I didn’t want just representation from special interest groups,” Gimenez said at a press conference Monday. “It has to be made up of people from the community — all of the community.”
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