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Phila. Police Watchdog Group Set to Convene

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A recently appointed Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission will hold its first meeting next week.

KYW’s Steve Tawa reports that the group will act as a civilian oversight for the Philadelphia Police Department.

jamira Phila. Police Watchdog Group Set to ConveneMayor Nutter appointed the first members of the reconstituted commission last spring, and now has selected the remaining members from a list of nominees presented to him by City Council.

Its 15 members and four “alternates” come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Jamira Burley (top right), a student at Temple University and a member of its student government, lost a brother and two stepfathers to violence.  She feels she will bring a “youth perspective to the table.”

crumlish Phila. Police Watchdog Group Set to ConveneAnother member, Jim Crumlish (bottom right), is a former city lawyer now in private practice at the Elliott Greenleaf law firm.  Crumlish says he believes in “fundamental fairness for citizens and cops,” whom he says “are doing a tough job.”

City councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will introduce legislation that would place the commission in the city charter.  Voters would have to approve — perhaps on the May 2011 ballot.

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