Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the members of the newly created Police Community Oversight Board, which was established in response to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS) report entitled, “Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of Deadly Force Policy and Practice in the Philadelphia Police Department”.
The report, commissioned by Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey, provided recommendations to enhance training, improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations, strengthen the use of force review process, and institutionalize organizational learning processes related to deadly force incidents. The Community Oversight Board will develop a realistic approach for implementing the report’s recommendations, and monitor and assess the Department’s progress in doing so.
“I’m proud to appoint these committed Philadelphians, who represent a wide variety of professions and communities, to serve on the Police Community Oversight Board,” said Mayor Nutter. “Their work will advance our efforts to create a more responsive, more ethical, more service-oriented Police Department, a department whose members respect all Philadelphians and earn the public’s respect by virtue of their professionalism.”
Mayor Nutter named Joanne Epps, Dean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, as Chair of the Board. Ms. Epps formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles and has taught law at Temple University for almost 30 years.
“I am honored to have been asked to participate in this very important initiative, and I look forward to working with the other members of the Oversight Board to ensure that policing in Philadelphia is both effective and fair,” said Ms. Epps.
The other members of the Police Community Oversight Board are:
Nina Ahmad, Executive VP, JNA Capital and member of the Mayors Commission on Asian American Affairs
Kelvyn Anderson, Executive Director, Police Advisory Commission
Kenneth Naroen Chin, 1 Love Movement
Richard Costello, Political Coordinator, FOP Lodge #5
Edwin Desamour, Executive Director, MIMIC Inc. (Men in Motion in the Community)
Liz Dow, CEO, Leadership Philadelphia, Inc.
Joe Garcia, Captain for Communications, Training & Development, Temple University Police
Charles Gibbs, Attorney, The Green Firm
Councilman Bobby Henon, 6th Councilmanic District
Abby Stamelman Hocky, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia
John Hollway, Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law
Carlton Johnson, Attorney, Archer & Greiner
Dorothy Johnson Speight, Executive Director, Mothers In Charge
Damone Jones, Senior Pastor, Bibleway Baptist Church
Councilman Curtis Jones, 4th Councilmanic District
Rue Landau, Executive Director, Human Relations Commission
Mohammad Rizwan Mallick, local business owner
Rodney Muhammed, President, Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP
Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, 7th Councilmanic District
Pedro Ramos, Attorney, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Ellen Somekawa, Exec. Director, FACTS Charter School
Joy Soto, Executive Director, Philadelphia Youth Commission
Alan Yatvin, Attorney, Popper & Yatvin