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Madison Common Council passes historic police oversight measures


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The City of Madison’s Common Council voted to create an independent police monitor position and civilian oversight board after a meeting that lasted until the early-morning hours Wednesday.

After a series of votes that was preceded by hours of public comment, the council is approving setting up an 11-member board that will be charged with appointing the independent police monitor, conducting police assessments and making recommendations on use of force and officer discipline. However, the board will not have the authority to actually discipline or fire officers — that responsibility will still lie with the city’s Police and Fire Commission.

The independent monitor would review incidents in which force is used, oversee the processing of citizen complaints and make sure reviews of the department’s policing are independent.

The recommendations for the committee and a police monitor first came in a city committee first formed in 2015 following the shooting death of Tony Robinson in Madison.

Tuesday’s Common Council meeting started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and adjourned at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.