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Letter: Citizen’s Review Board Needed

To the Editor:

Regarding your report on Commonwealth Attorney Randy Sengel's findings into the shooting of Taft Sellers [Alexandria Gazette Packet, July 4]: It seems to be straightforward enough, but it causes me to question whether one local law enforcement official (the commonwealth attorney) should be investigating the fatal shooting of a citizen by other local law enforcement officials (Alexandria police officers).

This seems to me like too much inside baseball.

Could not the city create a citizen's review board to look into such shootings, with its report forwarded to the commonwealth attorney for any action he or she might want to take? I think this citizen involvement would bolster Alexandria's confidence in its police force, yet keep the commonwealth's attorney in the investigation.

Robert Trautman