Task Force Set To Release Five Recommendations On Police Reform

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A drafted set of recommendations for police reform in Boston will be released by the city Friday. It was put together by a task force Mayor Walsh organized this summer.

The five recommendations to increase accountability and prevent racial police violence. Mayor Walsh summarized the recommendations.

"The first is to replace the co-op board with a new body called the 'Office of Police Accountability and Transparency,'" Walsh said. "It would have the power to investigate complaints."

Strengthening diversity and inclusion in the police department, is the second recommendation.

The third recommendation is to expand the body-worn camera program.

"The fourth recommendation item is to enhance the 'use of force' policies," Walsh said. "So that rules and their consequences are clear to both the officers and the public."

Walsh said the final recommendation is to adopt practices around record-keeping and data that ensures transparency and public access.

It will be available in several languages Friday at boston.gov/endingracism. The task force will take written comments starting next week with the public discussion set for September 22nd.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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