BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) has started its second year with its first case of police conduct to review.
At the board's meeting on Wednesday, city officials handed the seven board members a copy of a handwritten complaint with names and other identifiers redacted to ensure confidentiality.
A request was filed in the past week asking the board to review a Bloomington Police Department's determination of a complaint filed by a citizen about police conduct, said city Deputy Corporation Counsel Greg Moredock
"Right now, just that (an appeal of) a complaint has been filed is public," said Moredock. "At the end, the complaint will be public. The final disposition and any sort of recommendation or that kind of thing will be made public."
After the PSCRB receives compiled materials requested from the police department, it will review the case in closed session prior to its Feb. 13 meeting. Members of the police department will not be allowed to participate in those discussions.
Depending upon the progress of its review, the board possibly could announce its decision and any recommendation at its meeting on March 13, said Moredock.
In looking at the public complaint, the board will be empowered only to review whether police department protocols were followed properly in the department's own investigation of the complaint. They are free to make recommendations on policy changes, but have no authority over the department.
The complaint that is being appealed was among 20 filed in 2018 about Bloomington police conduct. Prior to last week, the PSCRB had not received an appeal to review since it began meeting monthly in December 2017.
But several stakeholder groups, including the Bloomington-Normal NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union of Central Illinois, Mid Central Community Action, Black Lives Matter, and others at that meeting urged the PSCRB to remain intact.