3 Police Oversight Commission members resign

Updated: 04/15/2014 5:09 PM | Created: 04/15/2014 4:41 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Three members of the Police Oversight Commission, a group that’s supposed to provide civilian oversight for the Albuquerque Police Department, resigned Tuesday.

The commissioners who resigned, Richard Shine, Jonathan Siegel and Jennifer Barela, say they’re doing so because the Police Oversight Commission has no real power, and they don’t want to fool citizens into thinking they do.

The commission is intended to review police discipline cases, but they don’t actually have the power to change a decision the chief makes. Advocates have been asking city council to change that for months, but it hasn’t happened.

The resigning commissioners say they don’t want to “play along” or serve as a “rubber stamp” for the chief’s findings. One even says the current setup makes a “mockery” of the idea of civilian oversight.

You can read the full letters below:

Jennifer Barela letter of resignation

Jonathan Siegel letter of resignation

Richard Shine letter of resignation

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