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Nicholas Beltrante, executive director, CCPA, addresses the organization at its May 14, meeting. In the background and seated is the president of the CCPA, the Rev. John Reed Smucker and the secretary/treasurer of the board, Annie Whitehead.

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Open Up Police Chief Search

Coalition wants citizens to help in chief’s recruitment.

During the final meeting of the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability before summer recess, Executive Director Nicholas Beltrante discussed a letter he sent to Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, asking that the new police chief be someone who supports the creation of a citizen police oversight board, and is flexible in the use of the Freedom of Information Act instead of invoking an automatic blanket exemption available to police on all investigations.

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