Rockford mayor participates in Peace Walk at City Hall
ROCKFORD — Mayor Tom McNamara participated in a Peace Walk around City Hall Wednesday, an event organized by area clergy.
The group is advocating for a Community Accountability Board that could review encounters with police. Currently, the city has both a citizen-led Community Relations Commissions and Fire & Police Commission deeply involved in law enforcement and public safety issues. The mayor is eager to learn more from the community about ways to improve that process.
“The mayor, along with his administration, is open to hearing proposals from groups throughout the community about how to improve accountability and transparency for both city employees and citizens,” the City of Rockford posted on Facebook after the walk.
The formation of a citizen-led panel to address how police interact with the public comes amid rising tensions between law enforcement and protesters that have led several arrest over the past two months.
A number of area leaders are advocating for a Community Accountability Board, including Illinois Rep. Maurice West, D-67, who says new legislation is needed to move policing toward “community empowerment.”