Quirk-Silva to Propose Citizen Police Oversight Committee in Fullerton

Fullerton City Council member Sharon Quirk-Silva will propose the creation of the Citizen Police Oversight Committee at tonight’s Fullerton City Council meeting.  The committee will have a defined role in interacting with the Fullerton Police Department and will provide Fullerton residents with a direct line into the Police Department.

The call for action should be a welcome one in Fullerton with the police department under fire for the Kelly Thomas case and the admonishment by a federal judge of the department’s handling of sexual harrassment complaints against another officer.  Couple this with news (Hat Tip to OC Weekly) that Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers has extended his medical leave for another 60 days.

While many Fullerton residents are going to welcome the chance to participate on this yet to be formally named task force, the big question of the night is will Quirk-Silva’s motion even get seconded.  The three council members who are subject to the recall efforts in Fullerton are said to not be in favor of the idea.

If you’re a Fullerton resident who thinks this is a good idea, make a comment during the meeting tonight.

  6 comments for “Quirk-Silva to Propose Citizen Police Oversight Committee in Fullerton

  1. henry lipton
    October 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    This is a good idea and I hope it passes the council. Glad to see you guys are finally mentioning anything related to the kelly Thomas murder except in passing. Your silence on the firestorm in fullerton has been deafening and certainly not a service tot he Liberals in OC who come here to see Liberal-centric news events and information in orange county.

  2. nooclib1
    October 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    We liberals are known for checking the facts before committing. Anyone supporting the recall should look at the people driving it and their motivations. The Thomas murder was just a convenient front for them to start a recall based on their own selfish motives. The Thomas case is a tragedy in and of itself. To use it as a springboard for settling personal political scores would make it a travesty.

  3. henry lipton
    October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    NoOCLib, I would agree with you but I have observed the kelly thomas issue from afar at first then went and saw for myself and ended up helping to gather signatures for the recall. I believe this recall would be going forth even if those personal gripes were not present. And even if an opportunity to settle a grudge by launching a recall (which is supported by sharon quirk by the way,)via the kelly thomas murder, it doesnt make the hkelly thomas murder any less worthy of starting a recall based on the 3 subjects reaction and lack of action to the murder. Your inability to look past what ever it is you have stuck in your craw for the recall organizers in order to support the recall and or the organizers shows that you are not a liberal but a petty person, too imature to do the right thing even if it means to support the work of someone you do not like.
    “To use it as a springboard for settling personal political scores would make it a travesty”.

    Your words.
    Much like using a vote on ones own appointment to an outside transportation committee. Wouldnt you agreee?

    • nooclib1
      October 5, 2011 at 6:49 am

      Henry–your personal insults aside, if the recall succeeds and its backers get their personal favorites elected, who will be the losers? The residents of Fullerton as a whole. Unlike you, I don’t think the ends justify the means.

  4. cook
    October 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    There is a citizens oversight committee already, its called the city council.

    Demand that the council do their jobs or tar and feather them and ride them out on a rail.

  5. henry lipton
    October 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    NOOCLIB,
    I find it disturbing that you are willing to let thgese ass clowns stay on the council after thir abhorent behavior. And to think its all because you have personal reservations about the organizers makes it even more disturbing. Im going to assume you are some accolade of Dick Ackerman with that kind of attitude.
    I think every city should have a citizen police oversight commission that reviews police misconduct and recommends ations to be taken. Its the lack of oversight and accountability that leads to this type of culture of corruption at this level.

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