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Citizen’s Police Review Board delays decision on TPD DUI suspect arrest

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 10:48 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Citizen’s Police Review Board decided not to make a decision Thursday night about an incident caught on camera that shows Tallahassee Police Department deputies struggling to arrest a DUI suspect and striking him repeatedly with a baton.

The Board said they know this is a controversial subject and want to be able to come to a sound decision, but questions still remain.

There was lot to unpack for the Citizen’s Police Review Board as they took a look at the incident, and ultimately, the board agreed to table the decision for another date.

“This is something, we’re not going to tackle or solve this all in one meeting,” said CPRB Chairman Rashad Mujahid. “This is too sensitive of a topic, given what’s happening in the country, it’s just too sensitive.”

Officers from TPD gave a presentation about their response to resistance and said that in this instance, their use of force was justified. Some seem to disagree.

Local attorney Mutaqee Akbar said, “I looked at the policy. I don’t see the same type of resistance that law enforcement sees in it but I think in order to move on as a community, we need to see if this is the type of policing we want to see in the community.”

Akbar spoke Thursday night on behalf of the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP and believes there is a lot more to discuss.

“I think this should be a long process,” said Akbar. “And like somebody said on the Board already, and what I suggested on my comment, I think the bigger discussion are these policies.”

most of the public comment did question TPD’s policy and tactics, using a voice that Mujahid feels is needed.

“This is the citizens opportunity to have some say, some voice to be heard and to have a direct avenue to policymakers,” said Mujahid.

Mujahid said they will use as much time as needed to come to a sound decision.

“Our position is to voice with the citizens want, and we will do that,” added Mujahid. “And if it takes two meetings, three meetings, four meetings, whatever it takes until the citizens are satisfied and we’ve done our very best.”

The discussion will continue at the next Review Board meeting on July 1.

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