After deadly police encounters, voters OK civilian oversight
NEW ORLEANS - Voters in several major U.S. cities have approved measures to create or strengthen civilian oversight of law enforcement.
Experts say the trend reflects growing public demand for independent reviews of misconduct claims after deadly police encounters in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and New York spotlighted police use-of-force and interaction with minorities.
Voters in New Orleans, Honolulu, Miami and San Francisco passed plans Tuesday to bolster existing civilian oversight.
In Oakland, California, voters created a powerful civilian-run police commission to investigate problems within the department reeling from a sex scandal involving officers.
Denver voters added provisions to the city charter to protect its existing independent monitor system. The measure makes it impossible for officials to cut the position without another public vote.