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PRESS RELEASE August 11, 2020Contact: Connie Conway(631) 702-1743
The Southampton Town Board has passed a resolution to create a Community Law Enforcement Review Committee (CLERC). It follows the request by the Governor for all local municipalities to review policing procedures after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer prompted a National outcry in the form of numerous protests around the Country during the Black Lives Matters movement..
CLERC will be made up of members of the Town Board, Police Department, Town Attorney’s Office and respected members of the community. CLERC will undertake a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, practices, and develop a plan relative to current practices, continued modernization, innovation and modifications.
The new committee will help the Town Southampton review police practices including the “use of force”, to ensure that our protocols were optimal, unbiased, and respectful of human dignity. It follows an internal review of the department procedures that was started several years ago.
The new Committee will include:
Supervisor Jay SchneidermanTown of Southampton Councilman Tommy John SchiavoniTown of Southampton Chief of Police Steven SkryneckiSouthampton Town Attorney James BurkeTown of Southampton Deputy Town Attorney Christine J. PrestonTown of Southampton Lt. James KiernanChairperson Town of Southampton Anti-Bias Committee ChairpersonKevin MacDonald, Hampton Bays Citizen Advisory CommitteePastor Keith Iovino Blaze Church, FlandersMinerva Perez President of OLAFr. Constantine LazarakisRev. Tisha WilliamsMember (TBD) Shinnecock Tribal CouncilBradley Magill Suffolk County District Attorney’s OfficePublic Defender Attorney (TBD)|Lisa Votino Community ActivistMember(TBD) Local chapter of NAACP
The Committee is expected to issue a draft report by April 2021.