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Civilian Review Board working to fix issues cited in DOJ report

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report released last month labeled Baltimore City's Civilian Review Board as ineffective. (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report released last month labeled Baltimore City's Civilian Review Board as ineffective.

The board is an independent agency in charge of investigating cases of possible police misconduct reported by the public.

“Allegations of misconduct, excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, harassment and abusive language," said Kisha Brown, director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, which oversees the board.

The board is made up of civilians from nine police districts who are selected by the mayor and approved by the Baltimore City Council. The public can submit complaints directly to the board.

The police department is required to share all complaints it receives, within certain categories like excessive force, with the board, which then reviews the complaints, conducts its own investigations and make disciplinary recommendations.

FOX45 cameras were allowed inside Thursday's meeting between the board's members.

Mary Denise Davis represents the Northern District.

“We are just regular citizens of Baltimore looking at complaints that are made and applying what the facts and laws are and determining the behavior," said Davis.

The DOJ report cited deficiencies within the board, such as having a lack of investigative resources and authority.

“There are a number of cases where BPD never forwarded their [Internal Affairs Department] report for the board to consider,” Brown said during the meeting.

Brown said that since she became director in February, things are slowly changing.

"The commissioner and I have recently made an effort to make sure we meet once a month so we can review issues that need a higher level of attention," Brown said. "It's a work in progress."

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