We’ve seen many protests, marches, and teach-ins regarding diversity, and inclusion, over the past few months in state college, and Tonight the borough received an update from it’s Community Oversight Board to help push that agenda further.
“We recognize that there are deep wounds existing in individuals in our community as a whole that comes through clearly in the comments we receive”
That is what committee members say they are working on changing within the State College community.
“The committee has met on 4 occasions, and we had one public meeting. And during that meeting we provided the public with an update on our activities and we received additional input.”
Concerns the community has also were addressed.
“Things like structural racism, and size and rolling funding of the department and the need for a strong and independent community oversight board.”
One vocal organization in the community is the 3/20 coalition they also have a member on the community oversight board for input. Just this past weekend they hosted a 24 hour occupation outside of the State College municipal building. They have been at the forefront of many demonstrations downtown as they say they continue to fight for justice for Osaze Osagie.
Osagie was shot and killed after officers responded to a 302 warrant back in 2019, where police say he charged at them with a knife. Since then the borough has said they’ve taken steps for police reform. Including the civilian oversight committee.
“So when we met with officers in the department I think the first takeaway is that they are members of the community. And that’s an important consideration, they want to do the right thing. And they want the department to be positively engaged with the community. they see that there’s opportunities for more transparency and for providing better understanding of policies and procedures”
The committee said they have been in contact with other community oversight boards across the state from cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to try and find better ways to assist State College.