Colorado Springs City Council Holds Work Session On Police Accountability

Jun 11, 2020

Colorado Springs City Council held a work session Thursday to talk about a proposed Police Advisory Committee.

The work session was moved up from a meeting scheduled later this month as a result of the daily protests in the city and country sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The city has been exploring the idea of a police advisory committee and earlier this year sent representatives to a conference on police accountability and transparency.

But for Reverend Promise Lee, who has been involved in the process, it's simply not moving fast enough.

"The energy has not only been only expended in the meetings and the strategies but there's energy's been expended in being followed," said Lee. "Being overpoliced.  Being threatened. Having different other things take place to cause people to shrink back. But I want you to know that people haven't shrunk back. This movement has increased and it will continue to increase."

During a Colorado Springs City Council work session on the idea of forming a police advisory committee, protesters marched to remember lives lost.
Credit Bryan Oller / KRCC

At the end of the meeting, Council President Richard Skorman suggested looking at proposals as early as next week. 

"Let's see what we can do to get something going soon. The community is demanding it, we want it, everybody wants it, and so let's see what we can do to make this work," said Skorman.

During the meeting, protesters were active, and specifically referencing incidents that have happened in Colorado Springs.