Its purpose is to serve as a public watchdog, but a group questioning the Charlotte Review board's actions plans to take their concerns to the city Monday. Eyewitness News found out why they say the board needs to change.
Angela Mcham took pictures of her grandson after she said he was beaten by police officers he ran from when they tried to arrest him.
Since then, it's been four months. Mcham is in the process of taking her claim to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Citizens Review Board but she doesn't think it will do her any good.
"I have filed complaints with internal affairs and they never got back with me. Nobody, never," said Mcham.
Eyewitness News checked with CMPD, and it found no record of her complaints.
She's part of group called C-R-B Reform Now. Monday, they plan to ask city leaders to revamp the Citizens Review Board and make it more transparent. They started a Facebook page and created this logo with a shield and an arrow as a symbol calling on the city forward in protecting their rights.
Eyewitness News spoke with the attorney supporting the group.
"We need to have a board that has the power to make meaningful decisions even if that decision means that they are overturning a decision of the police department," said attorney Matt Newton.
The board was created to look into allegations of police misconduct in 1997 after three unarmed black men were killed by white officers. In the past 15 years, the CRB has reviewed 78 cases, but the board has never sided with a citizen.
Ray Smith said he has several complaints against police, including one from last year where he said officers wrongfully kicked in his door.
"I didn't file the complaint because I don't trust them. I don't trust the police. I don't trust internal affairs," said Smith.
The group is calling on the city to give the board more power including the ability to subpoena evidence, to take complaints directly from residents and to require officers to be present at the hearings.
The group plans to meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Government Center wearing all black. They're set to go before the city council at 7:30 p.m. Monday.