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PAB proposes $5 million budget

5 hours ago
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The Rochester Police Accountability Board is asking the city for $5 million so it can hire dozens of workers to staff three new bureaus that would operate under its purview.

PAB lawyers up to help gain access to RPD documents

Mar 25, 2021
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The Rochester Police Accountability Board has retained a New York City law firm in an effort to ensure the Rochester Police Department complies with the board’s requests for information during investigations.

We sit down with members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board to discuss a number of recent events that have placed Rochester back in the national spotlight: the grand jury decision in the Daniel Prude case; RPD officers pepper spraying a nine-year-old girl; and, most recently, officers pepper spraying a mother while her three-year-old child was nearby.

Our guests discuss their ideas for reform, and the possible impact of the PAB having disciplinary powers. Our guests:

  • Conor Dwyer Reynolds, executive director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Celia McIntosh, vice chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Arlene Brown, member of the Rochester Police Accountability Board

On Tuesday evening, City Council unanimously approved Conor Dwyer Reynolds as the first executive director of Rochester's Police Accountability Board (PAB). That decision came after a tense confirmation hearing and questions about the board's independence.

We talk to Dwyer Reynolds and PAB Board Chair Shani Wilson about their goals for the PAB, and the state of police-community relations in Rochester. Our guests:

  • Conor Dwyer Reynolds, executive director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board

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The Police Accountability Board in Rochester has its first executive director. The board has hired Conor Dwyer Reynolds after a search that attracted more than 150 candidates.

Reynolds is a Rochester native, attended the University of Rochester and has a law degree from Yale. He also worked in the Obama Administration. His most recent position was teaching law at Yale, and a statement from the PAB said that he partnered with Rochester's City Roots Community Land Trust to address racism in Monroe County.

Noelle E. C. Evans | WXXI News

Members of the Police Accountability Board on Tuesday called on city officials to include them in ongoing investigations following the death of Daniel Prude after he was restrained and suffocated while in custody. He died a week later.

The civilian-run board, which was established to investigate police misconduct, has been excluded from deliberations over the Rochester Police Department, board chair Shani Wilson said. She said that undermines the point of having an accountability board.