University of St. Thomas Law Professor and expert on police accountability Rachel Moran recently spoke with MPR News about a plan that would replace the city of Minneapolis' long-criticized police civilian review process with a Community Commission on Police Oversight.
From the story:
"There's really very little that is independent of the police department, and that's what the Department of Human Rights was criticizing as well. They are saying, yes, we have a couple of agencies that get involved in – get civilians involved in the review process, but at every step of the way, there are police officers and the final decision about any discipline is always up to the police chief. And so civilians have a kind of a tangential role, but they have no independent authority at all."