On Thursday, February 12, the St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board is hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Civilian Review Board Bill 208. Over 50 came out to a panel which included Workers’ Rights Board Co-Chairs Ruth Ehresman and The Rev Audrey Hollis. Longtime police accountability advocate and Workers’ Rights Board member Jamala Rogers was also on the panel. The panelists explained the bill, and reiterated why an effective Civilian Review Board (CRB) is important to our community.
Members and allies of Jobs with Justice such as Organization for Black Struggle have worked for a CRB for nearly three decades. CRB’s are not the only solution to police abuse or corruption but if administered correctly, it can be an effective tool in holding officers accountable and in decreasing tensions between communities and the police department.