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Annapolis appoints 20 to forge pathway to Civilian Review Board for police department oversight

| November 29, 2020, 04:07 PM

Mayor Gavin Buckley is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Panel to identify a framework and set policy recommendations for a City of Annapolis Civilian Review Board (CRB), as part of the Mayor’s efforts to increase trust and transparency between the community and the police.

Mayor Buckley pledged to formulate a Civilian Review Board to ensure the community is an integral part of continuing to ensure accountability in the Annapolis Police Department (APD).

“In an era where many are looking for trust and transparency in policing, I am grateful that these 18 people have agreed to step forward,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “With the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience these individuals are bringing to our Advisory Panel, I know that the Civilian Review Board in Annapolis will be off to a strong start.”

The Advisory Panel includes:

  • Phil Ateto – Ateto is a policy and legislation advocate and activist.
  • Judy Buddensick – Buddensick chairs the Annapolis Police Foundation and serves on the Annapolis Police Chief’s advisory panel.
  • Justin Caldwell – Caldwell is a community advocate and will serve as a directly impacted civilian on the advisory panel.
  • Officer Robert Horne – Horne is representing Annapolis Police Department on the panel and heads the APD’s re-entry program.
  • Charles Hurley – Hurley is the retired CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and served on the staff for a number of elected officials in Delaware, including the State Speaker and Governor as well as a Wisconsin Congressman. He currently serves on the Annapolis Human Relations Commission and will serve as their representative on the advisory panel.
  • Tatiana J. Klein – Klein is vice-president, and recent past-president, of the Board of Directors of the Center of Help. She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Academy and the Flagship program of Leadership Anne Arundel. She is an advocate and educator in the Hispanic immigrant community.
  • Frank Larkin – Larkin served more than two decades as a special agent and senior leader in the United States Secret Service. He was a patrol officer with the Norristown, PA, Police Department and a homicide detective with the Montgomery County, PA, District Attorney’s Office. He was also a Maryland State Trooper flight paramedic.
  • Monica Lindsey – Lindsey is an advocate, educator and community organizer. She represents the Caucus of African American Leaders, NAACP, and ACT on the advisory panel.
  • Eric Lipsetts, Esq. – Lipsetts is an attorney, author and Civil Rights advocate.
  • Harold Mo Lloyd – Lloyd is a community and youth advocate who founded a nonprofit organization to help young people of Annapolis achieve their potential.
  • Scott MacMullan,Esq. – MacMullen is a criminal defense attorney with a practice in downtown Annapolis.
  • Rev. Marguerite Morris – Rev. Morris is a police reform advocate and the founder of Community Actively Seeking Transparency (CAST). She represents Anne Arundel County NAACP on the advisory panelRev. Morris is a police reform advocate and the founder of Community Actively Seeking Transparency (CAST). She represents Anne Arundel County NAACP on the advisory panel
  • Jesse Raudales – Raudales is the Director of Operations of OIC through the Community Action Agency and a prominent voice for Latinos in the Annapolis community.
  • Gabriele Roque – Roque is a policy and legislation advocate and is representing CASA on the advisory panel.
  • James Spearman – Spearman is a retired Annapolis Police Officer. He is a member of the Caucus of African American Leaders.
  • Kyree Stinson – Stinson is a college student and advocate/activist.
  • Toni Strong-Pratt – Pratt is a community advocate and nonprofit leader. She is representing Anne Arundel Acting Together (ACT) on the panel.
  • Angel Traynor – Traynor is the coordinator of a substance use prevention coalition in the City of Annapolis. She is a member of the Opioid Intervention Team (OIT) for Anne Arundel County. She is a member of the Naptown Anti-Dope Movemeant (NAM) in the City of Annapolis. Traynor will serve as the recovery community representative on the advisory panel.
  • Jerry “Jay” Williams, Esq. – Williams is an attorney who serves on the Annapolis Police Recruitment Task Force. Representing the Annapolis Human Relations Commission on the panel.
  • Randy Williams – Williams is a retired Baltimore County Police Sergeant. He is representing the Caucus of African American Leaders on the advisory panel.

In December, the CRB Advisory Panel will convene with a goal of helping elected leaders in the City of Annapolis draft legislation to establish a comprehensive, informative, and inclusive City of Annapolis Civilian Review Board. The City Council will draft and vote on legislation in 2021.  The Advisory Panel’s role is to identify recommendations to inform the Council based on best practices, review models and current trends, and study the standards and practices of civilian oversight of law enforcement.

The formation of a Civilian Review Board is in the spirit of improving and fine-tuning the notion of “community policing” in Annapolis, with the ultimate aim of increasing the level of trust and transparency between the Annapolis Police Department (APD) and Annapolitans in all communities.

The goal will be to create an independent, diverse, community-driven model of oversight in the City of Annapolis.

“Local leaders are responding to unprecedented challenges and are intentionally developing innovative solutions in collaboration with community partners,” said William F. Rowel, CRB Project Lead at the Mayor’s Office. “Enhancing community trust, responding to crises, and addressing systemic issues related to equity are just some of the drivers of a Civilian Review Board in Annapolis. However, thoughtful leadership, partnership, and governance for this work is crucial for success and sustainability.”

In conjunction with community engagement and outreach programs through the Mayor’s Office, re-entry and community policing initiatives of the Annapolis Police Department, as well as the work of the Human Relations Commission, the Civilian Reveiw Board will work to ensure that community members’ civil rights are respected, identifying issues of disparate treatment, racial profiling, community relations, complaint processes and excessive use of force.

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