Members of the city’s Citizens Police Complaint Commission are concerned that the proposed model for police oversight in Long Beach could actually be worse than what the current commission is able to provide.
Polis Solutions and Change Integration were hired by the city earlier this year to help with the process of fixing the CPCC, which many community members said was broken, and political leaders vowed to fix it in the wake of civil unrest that stemmed from Georg Floyd’s murder in May 2020.
How the CPCC could be reformed was one of the first things the City Council asked after the civil unrest that shook the city after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.
Any substantial changes to the powers of the commission would require a vote of the people. It was created through a charter reform ballot measure in 1990 but has seen little change in 30 years.
The Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) investigates police misconduct in Long Beach but doesn’t have final authority over officers.