Police union protests Rochester City Council plan for police accountability board

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The Rochester Police Locust Club staged a large rally Tuesday on the steps of city hall.  The union is speaking out against the City Council’s plan for a police accountability board. 

Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo says the legislation is not in the best interest of public safety in Rochester. 

Under the legislation, the Police Accountability Board would not only have the authority to investigate complaints against police officers, but it would also have the power to discipline them.   

The union says that additional oversight violates state civil service law and the police union’s labor contract with the city.   

The union is also concerned that members of the accountability board would not have any training or experience in the field of law enforcement, even as they judge the actions of police officers.  

City Council is currently reviewing public feedback on its legislation.

It has not yet scheduled a vote on the legislation.

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