Public testimony at the meeting on the subject was unanimous in urging City Council to take a closer look at the current structure of the Professional Standards Review Panel (PSRP) that is currently in the process of acquiring new members . The acquisition process is a point of concern to the community since this panel oversees disciplinary actions over police yet half of its members are police or former police officers themselves, and also because police officers have a voice in choosing the remaining members. Saying that the process is problematic, Boulder residents petitioned the City Council to at the very least appoint the Human Relations Commission (HRC)-an arm of City Council whose members complete a selection process and are approved by City Council-to oversee the PSRP to the extent that would warrant a complete overhaul of the current system.
Members of City Council acknowledged that they did not attend Monday’s Human Relations Commission meeting during which over ten residents repeatedly expressed an urgent need for Boulder officials to pay attention to the vulnerability and needs of people of color, the homeless, and the LGBT community. Council members at tonight’s meeting confirmed the urgency of the issue as expressed by council members Suzanne Jones who said, “I do think we should move sooner rather than later,” Tim Plass, “These are very serious matters,” Sam Weaver, “I would like to see it [a review] come sooner,” and Lisa Morzel, “I would add my voice to do this [asking the Commission for more information] as expeditiously as possible.”