In the February 25th edition of the Virginian-Pilot, an article featured the Tidewater Libertarian Party request for a Citizens Review Board to assist the Chesapeake Police Department in finding solutions.
The Tidewater Libertarian Party called the shooting death of a Chesapeake detective last January “tragic and avoidable” and on Tuesday night asked the City Council to create a citizen review board to investigate police policies.
“Police take the position that they need not explain their actions,” said Don Tabor, who represents the Libertarian organization. A citizen review board would restore “lost trust” in the Chesapeake Police Department, he said.
Clearly something in the case went wrong. Ryan Frederick had no prior record and was determined not to be a threat at the time that the warrant was issued. What should have been an easy execution of a search warrant ended in ruining the life of Ryan Frederick. Even more tragically, a good man, police officer, husband, and father, Jarod Shivers died. The most tragic of all? This all could have been avoided. While some among the Chesapeake Police Department will claim this raid was performed in the most safe method, the results of the raid scream otherwise.
To get to this point of tragedy, the CPD relied on informants with criminal history. Indeed, intelligence gathered through these informants involved a “break-in” robbery. If the police must obtain a warrant prior to search and siezure, why should they be able to allow a criminal informant to break and enter, search/seize evidence, and then give that information for police to justify a warrant with?
The Chesapeake Police Department lost a brother officer and was given a damaging “Black-Eye”. This most certainly is publicity that they did NOT want. One would think the department that serves and protects would want to take steps to prevent similiar tragedies in the future and rebuild public trust. Embracing citizen review would go a long way in doing that.
Freedom is the solution – Britt Howard