Saratoga Springs police reform advocates disheartened over new plan

Jacquie Slater
Updated: April 01, 2021 08:21 PM
Created: April 01, 2021 08:20 PM

Some members of the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force are calling foul. That's because the City Council voted in favor of a police reform plan that didn't include some of their recommendations.

The vote took place during what was described by many as a heated meeting.

The majority of the task force says they're feeling disheartened. One member says four key recommendations have been overlooked, calling it bit of a slap in the face after they worked for seven months to come up with what they say are necessary reforms.

The council ultimately adopted a plan that does not include a civilian review board, does not ban no knock warrants, does not reinvest profits from seizures from crime back into the community, and does not stop militarized vehicles and weapons from being used in city limits.

All of those things were part of the task force’s plan and the council voted to exclude them from the final draft.

Kristen Dart was a member of the task force and says for most of the 50 recommendations they came up with, only two or three task force members out of 11 would disagree.

For the council to basically overrule some of their work goes against what the people want.

Dart says the task force consisted of mostly black members of the community. The council is all white.

Even though the vote has taken place, Dart and some of her community activists say their work is not done, and rallies and protests will continue until more change is made.

Hear more about why the task force members are frustrated by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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