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My goal is to offer suggestions that I hope will protect citizens — and officers. I’m also hopeful that we can strengthen the bonds of trust between the community, especially African-Americans, and police officers. First, I believe that there needs to be a review process for the Merit Board’s decisions. That process should be an aggregate assessment rather than one that questions each decision individually. Thus, the Merit Board should not feel that its role is unnecessary or that someone is constantly questioning their findings. By the same token, there should be a way to correct the board when it is wrong.

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