Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Taylor Harrell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Taylor Harrell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

As a Community Advocate with both organizing and legislative experience, I believe that I have the practical work experience necessary to be on the Charter Commission. I have a deep understanding of the charter and its importance to how our local government is run.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am running for the Charter Commission to protect and defend the rights of all citizens in Detroit. As a Charter Commissioner, I want to increase transparency and accountability within our city government, preserve and strengthen our police commission, and ensure real civic participation in decisions affecting all of our neighborhoods.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Other (please specify):
I would definitely support keeping a board of police commissioners in the revised charter. In fact, I previously stated that I would like to strengthen it by making the board 9 instead of 7.

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Other (please specify):
I would support the election of 7 Commissioners by district and 2 at-large.

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

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