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New Bill Would Put Civilian Majority On IMPD’s General Orders Committee

INDIANAPOLIS — Changing the way police officers in Indianapolis are held accountable is part of the goal of a new proposal co-sponsored by seven Indianapolis city-county councilors.

Proposal 237 was brought up for discussion at last night’s City-County Council meeting. It would essentially restructure the current General Orders Committee, which is tasked with dictating policy for the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

The end-game is to increase the number of seats on the committee from three to seven, and have a majority of those seats occupied by civilians.

Community organizations pushing for police reform in Indianapolis, such as Faith In Indiana, support the proposal.

“We are not adversaries of the police department. We are, in fact, allies,” said Pastor Kenneth Sullivan Monday outside the city-county building. “What we want is that there would be unity among communities of color and communities that are under-served.”

Among the bill’s notable co-sponsors are Keith Potts, Crista Carlino, Zach Adamson, and council president Vop Osili. No Republicans on the city-county council have co-sponsored it.

The bill states that part of its purpose would be to “facilitate the department’s work in developing, implementing, and adhering to anti-racism policies.” It says civilian oversight of IMPD will promote the safety of residents in Marion County, police officers, and those who work for the department.

It’s not clear if and when the proposal will come up for a vote.

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