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Providence's police oversight board may now be on its way back to normal

Providence's police oversight board may now be on its way back to normal

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The Providence External Review Authority (PERA), the civilian police oversight board that has been without an executive director for nearly a year, may soon have sworn in.

The authoritys board of directors on Wednesday backed attorney Tom Martin. Ferenc Karoly, Ferent Karolina, Karoli The City Council is yet to confirm him as the new director. Karoly works for the firm Lynch & Pine and is a former deputy chief of the Middletown Police Department.

The board of directors last November voted to fire its executive director, the current state Representative, and terminate his term. Jose Batista, Sgt. Michael E. McCrory was filmed releasing video footage from a pending criminal case against him. Joseph Hanley, Jr. He was accused of assaulting a handcuffed man. Board members said they were concerned that Batistas actions would put the case in jeopardy, but Hanley was eventually convicted of misdemeanor assault.

If Karoly is confirmed by the council, his first job will be to make PERA relevant in the community after years of stops and starts.

The authority was established in 2002 but it sat on the sidelines for many years until 2017 when the Providence Community-Police Relations Act was passed by the City Council. Batista was appointed as executive director, and the authority was reviewing citizen complaints. But after Batista's termination, everything stalled.

Karolys experience in law enforcement may also aid in strengthening the relationship between the police department and the oversight board, although the Police Union has long been critical of the authority since it was created.

PERA has the power to recommend to the police chief that disciplinary action be taken against officers accused of misconduct, but it does not have the authority to impose penalties.

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