Police Oversight Protest calls for action - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police Oversight Protest calls for action

Protesters in Memphis Tuesday. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Protesters in Memphis Tuesday. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The Memphis City Council is scheduled to take its final vote Tuesday on the establishment of a civilian review board for the Memphis Police Department.

People participating in the Police Oversight Protest stood outside city hall. They held signs and chanted to make their point known.

They believe Memphis needs a stronger Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB).

"What we don't want is another window dressing on the problem," said Paul Garner of Mid-South Peace and Justice. "So, we're here today to ask for real accountability and real transparency through things like subpoena power."

The group also wants the internal affairs process opened up to people that report crimes.

They said police practices in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and the recent of MPD Lieutenant Michael McCord are examples of the problem.

"This violence, somebody needs to step up and take action," said activist Michelle Ivery. "That's why we are here today."

The review board needs seven votes for approval.

Council members said they plan to vote yes for the review board.

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