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.