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A2 Police Oversight Commission Concerned Over Lack Of Information Being Disclosed About Complaints

Oct 7, 2020

The Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission has expressed concerns over an employment agreement the City of Ann Arbor approved for the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association.  

Lisa Jackson is the chair of the oversight commission and says the new agreement allows the union to keep the names of police officers confidential when complaints are filed against them.  Jackson says this prevents the oversight commission from fully doing its job.

Lisa Jackson: When we get complaints, we see officer one, officer two but we don’t know if it’s the same officers every week or if they’re unique officers and that’s a different problem.  We can’t track these interactions in the way that we need to.  

Jackson says they could get the names through a Freedom of Information Act request, but it becomes expensive and time-consuming.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu