Last week, we hosted a community forum on community oversight boards (COBs) of law enforcement to educate the community on what can be done to influence police reforms when the well-being of our citizens takes a back seat to the employment status of a violent officer.
We also learned a lot from the people in our community who attended – like the importance of coalition-building and the power of the court of public opinion.
Attendees learned why oversight is necessary in a video interview of a former Sheriff’s Office intern who described a culture within the detention center that raises concerns about civil rights violations and broad support for Derek Colling.
But oversight isn’t just needed in the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, as we continue to hear from people with concerns about other agencies in our community and across the state of Wyoming.
That’s part of the reason why ACoPP is going to push for statewide legislative changes that allow for COBs across the state and here in Albany County. State law currently doesn’t allow for the types of oversight necessary to create meaningful police reforms, so we have to take this show on the road.
But that doesn’t mean we are packing our bags and heading to the capital this winter. ACoPP is going to work to create our own oversight board here in this community, whether county or city officials want it or not.
Since Robbie Ramirez was killed 10 months ago, we have been looking for ways to ensure that our community doesn’t have to suffer another loss to police use of force.
We’ve found a way to help reduce that chance, but it’s going to take many more people like you to help us win this marathon.
Will you join us?