Dallas Police Oversight Board Denied Approval To Meet, Stirs Community Backlash

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - People in Dallas are pleading with the city manager to let the newly reformed Community Police Oversight Board reconvene its meetings. 

The 15 member board's last meeting was held on March 10. Members were on the verge of action when everything came to a screeching halt, due to the pandemic. 

A virtual meeting was planned for last week, but Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax denied the request, citing Dallas' emergency declaration that stopped all advisory board meetings, even virtual ones. 

Some members of the Dallas community say that's not okay.

Following the death of Houston Native George Floyd, who was killed when a police officer in Minneapolis pinned him down by placing a knee on his neck, people in Dallas are calling the board more essential than ever. 

"It is beyond comprehension," one man said at a recent Dallas City Council meeting, "that the city manager has stood in the way of reconvening the Community Police Oversight Board and has shut off access from the community to this vital resource." 

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shared a post on twitter that seems to agree with the man's sentiment, writing: “What’s the hold up? The city manager should allow these meetings to resume ASAP."

Broadnax​ says he will provide an update to re-initiate advisory boards in the very near future.