Civilian Police Review Board

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Voters in the city of Pittsburgh have a referendum on the ballot this fall. It’s an effort to strengthen the city’s police review board. But there is a chance that even if it passes, the issue may not be settled on Election Night.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

As promised, Allegheny County Councilor DeWitt Walton re-introduced a measure Tuesday to create a countywide police review board. The legislation was among the first proposals council took up this year.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

An Allegheny County Council committee held a hearing Wednesday on a proposed civilian police review board. Councilors will vote on whether to create the board at their meeting next Tuesday.

The board would lead independent investigations into allegations of police misconduct, though municipalities would not be required to participate.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County Council held its first public hearing Wednesday night on a possible countywide civilian police review board. 

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

An effort to create a countywide civilian police review board has gained momentum since a police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose last month.

Two weeks ago, a closely divided Allegheny County Council voted to hold up to four public meetings on how to form such a board.

But as the city of Pittsburgh has learned, establishing such a board may be the easy part.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Nearly one month after the death of Antwon Rose Jr., conversations about change are taking different forms.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

Amid mounting pressure to increase oversight of municipal police forces, the Allegheny County Council took an initial step in creating a county-wide civilian police review board. On Tuesday, it voted 8-6 to hold up to four public meetings on how to form such a board.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Activists are expected to urge the Allegheny County Council to create a civilian police review board on Tuesday.