Special Reports

Rights commission seeks further input on police

Tacoma's Human Rights Commission has scheduled more community meetings to present its proposal for citizen oversight of the Tacoma Police Department.

The proposal would create an independent office within City Hall to review Internal Affairs investigations and a five-member citizens review panel to monitor police policies and make recommendations on possible changes.

The commission is gathering feedback on the proposal from residents before presenting a final version to the City Council. The council must approve the proposal for it to take effect.

The commission will make presentations:

•At 9 a.m. today to members of the Black Collective at the Colored Women's Club, 2318 S. Yakima Ave.

•At 6 p.m. Monday at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 5025 N. Pearl St.

•At 6 p.m. Thursday at Bright Star Community Baptist Church, 4001 S. M St.

•At 6 p.m. Friday at New Salem Baptist Church, 5446 S. Birmingham St.

•At 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Church of the Living God, 1954 S. M St.

•At 6 p.m. Dec.15 Browne's Star Grill, 1114 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

•At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 inside the City Council's chambers on the first floor of 747 Market St.