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Fairfax Executive Rejects Citizen Review Board For Police

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Fairfax County Police are targeting aggressive drivers on the Fairfax County Parkway this week.

Instead of having a panel of citizens investigating allegations of police misconduct, Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin will recommend having the county's auditor conduct a review of the police investigation.

"That is something that the county executive feels would give an independent review, independent of the Police Department," says Board Chairman Sharon Bulova.

Back in May of last year, the Board of Supervisors directed Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer to look into the idea of having board of citizens investigate charges of potential misconduct. Now, after almost a year, the chief is recommending against the concept of citizens reviewing his department's actions.

"It's unfortunate that the board is seeking guidance from Chief Rohrer because I feel like he's a big part of the problem," says Ronald Koch, president of Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability. "He would much prefer to continue to continue to have police police themselves."

The supervisors will formally consider the recommendation at their Tuesday meeting.

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