The main source of concern are limits that have been placed on the Community Police Review Commission to independently investigate officer-related deaths. In 2008, the City Council voted that the commission could no longer use city funds to initiate such investigations until after law enforcement agencies finish their probes and deliver their reports. Having the commission investigating concurrently could jeopardize a criminal case, city officials said.
But Beeman said the move undermined the commission's job of providing accountability. Four officer- related deaths are under investigation by authorities; all occurred more than a year ago. By the time the independent commission gets a crack at them, Beeman said, the cases will be stone cold.