Delaware's police accountability task force meets Thursday. Here's how to give public comment


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Sarah Garmard


Delaware's new police accountability task force, which was created to address systemic racism and police brutality toward people of color in Delaware, will meet for the first time via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Thursday.


The meeting will be live-streamed on the General Assembly’s YouTube channel, which is titled "Delaware General Assembly." There will be time for public comment from virtual listeners.


The public can offer comments during the meeting or beforehand via email at LEOTaskForce@delaware.gov.


Comments submitted by email will continue to be accepted and included as part of the official record through Friday, Aug. 7, according to the General Assembly's news release


Residents who want to offer public comment during the Zoom meeting have to register beforehand by clicking this link and following these instructions provided by the Delaware General Assembly:

  1. After you register, you'll get a Zoom link and a meeting password. Click the link and type in the password. Make sure to use an up-to-date browser and avoid older browsers such as Internet Explorer.

  2. When the committee chair calls for public comment, click on “raise hand.” Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak. Mute all other audio before speaking. 

  3. If participating by phone, call the Zoom phone number and enter the webinar ID provided to you after registration. When the chair calls for public comment, press *9 to "raise a hand." Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak., and will be called by the last four digits of their phone number. 

  4. When called, please limit your remarks to two minutes. After the comment has been given, the speaker's microphone on Zoom will be muted. 


Task force to consider police reform


The task force, which was created in response to anti-racism protests across Delaware following the death of George Floyd in May, is part of an eight-item list of promises that the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus announced in June.


The 18-person group selected by the Delaware General Assembly includes one ex-police Democratic lawmaker, two Republican lawmakers and the state's pro-reform Democratic attorney general.


It also includes several police chiefs, a police union lobbyist and a handful of advocates for Black communities in the state.


During Thursday's meeting, the task force will assign members to four subcommittees that cover debated topics such as use of force policies, transparency, hiring practices and mental health care in police departments.



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