This Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will be briefed on a series of controversial reforms of the Citizens Police Review Board, according to its published agenda, and citizens have until 5 p.m. tomorrow, April 2, to register to speak.

Since January, Texas Scorecard has been covering attempts by members of the city council and the CPRB itself, allied with a coalition of leftists, to reform the CPRB by giving it new powers and over $1 million of new taxpayer funding.

Recently, it has been difficult to know for certain when the council will hear and vote on whether or not to proceed with the reforms. And in February, in spite of initially being told that they could, voters were not allowed to speak on the reforms at the Public Safety and Justice Committee meeting.

Some voters have taken matters into their own hands in order to be heard. Last month at a council meeting, they spoke their opposition to having more of their taxpayer dollars being spent and adding another organization to investigate the police. Another voter has created a petition in opposition to the board that has gained over 190 signatures.

Finally, the matter is on the city council’s agenda, and they have scheduled time for voters to speak their minds.

The council meeting is Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. at Dallas City Hall. The public hearing is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Voters who want to register to speak should call the city secretary at (214)-670-3738.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.

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