Police Oversight Board sets Mayoral Candidate Forum; City Council Says No Way
ABQ Free Press (Aug. 3, 2017):’
Each candidate will have five minutes to express their views on the subjects. Then, POB board members will have a chance to spend five minutes questioning each candidate.
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POB Chair Joanne Fine set up the forum and has invited all the candidates.
It is a public meeting and open to everyone who wants to attend and hear the candidates’ views. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers in Downtown Albuquerque.
NOT SO FAST, CPOB
(Aug. 7) Last week Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Board announced it would be holding a Mayoral Candidate Forum where candidates for the City’s highest office would each get five minutes to talk about police reform and civilian police oversight.
But at Monday’s City Council meeting, just three days before the planned forum City Councillors were unanimous in denouncing the idea, calling it “ridiculous” and “insane.”
Some Councillors pointed to the “independent” and “non-political” nature of the CPOB, while others felt it would be inappropriate to hold the political forum in the City Council chambers, which is where the Police Oversight Board meets every month.
City Councillors expressed their outrage over plans by the Civilian Police Oversight Board to hold a Mayor’s Candidate Forum on Thursday evening at the Board’s monthly meeting. Councillor Gibson was especially incensed.