Updated: June 14, 2021 04:06 PM
Created: June 11, 2021 10:35 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A decision issued Friday by state Appellate Division judges upheld a previous ruling that stripped Rochester’s Police Accountability Board of its disciplinary powers.
The initial ruling, handed down in May 2020, stated the PAB didn't have the authority to discipline officers under the law and was not a part of the police union's collective bargaining agreement.
City Council appealed the decision that sided with the Locust Club, but state Appellate Division judges came to the same conclusions.
The PAB's executive director, Conor Dwyer Reynolds, says there is still a huge need for the board.
"That budget that we asked for from the city, was getting money for us without disciplinary powers," Dwyer Reynolds said. "Here's what we have to do, we have to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct fairly swiftly and thoroughly. We still can do that without disciplinary power."
Earlier this year, Mayor Lovely Warren announced the PAB would be fully funded at $5 million as part of the city's proposed 2021-22 budget.
The PAB says funding would allow the board to hire 55 staff members, and the three bureaus would focus on officer accountability, systemic change, and a bureau of administration.
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