Member of Rochester's Police Accountability Board steps down

Updated: August 31, 2020 11:10 PM
Created: August 31, 2020 06:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A member of Rochester’s Police Accountability Board has stepped down.

Miquel Powell sent a letter of resignation Sunday, saying he made the decision to pursue his personal educational and career goals.


In the letter, he says he registered for the Masters in Social Work degree program at SUNY Brockport in the Fall 2020 semester. He said his class and work schedule conflicted.

He also said rescheduling wouldn't work.

"I'm a new graduate school student and my schedule conflicted with the Police Accountability Board schedule," Powell said. "So we looked at other avenues to try to keep me on the board and work around the schedule but there wasn't a way we could do it without inconveniencing another board member."

Powell spent five years in prison for assault for a shooting in 2002. After being released, Powell got his college degree, and now runs a re-entry program helping former inmates adjust to society.

Powell previously drew criticism from the Rochester Police Locust Club after he joined a protest in front of a police station.

The Police Accountability Board has two upcoming meetings scheduled, one on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and one on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the same time.

The meetings will be streamed online here.

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