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Morgantown police overview board will overview 2021 arrest

BY MIKE NOLTING

The Morgantown Police Evaluation and Advisory Board, the one board of its type within the state, introduced Thursday it plans to overview its first case — an arrest made by native a police officer.

The board will overview an arrest made Aug. 30, 2021, on the downtown Sheetz location on College Avenue.

Inaugural board members have been put in place November 2022.

Earlier than being seated as a board member, Megan Gandy witnessed the interplay. She pulled into the car parking zone to see 4 police cruisers and officers interacting with a Black feminine who gave the impression to be upset.

“I noticed one Black feminine, she was animated and upset,” Gandy mentioned Thursday. “All she was saying was that she needed to go inside and purchase a scorching canine. ‘I’m hungry. I’m hungry. I simply need a hotdog.’”

Gandy mentioned at that time she started to file the incident on her telephone as a result of she questioned the variety of officers responding.

“They continued to not permit her to enter the Sheetz, they usually didn’t verbalize at the moment why, however they might have since,” Gandy mentioned. “Then they did interact her and arrest her.”

Board Chair Wealthy Burks mentioned he would really like police to stroll via your entire response and clarify procedures which might be in place for comparable responses.

“I’m one in every of these individuals who desires to know the start — I would like the 911 name,” Burks mentioned. “What was the precise name? Did they discuss to the supervisor of Sheetz earlier than they confronted the folks exterior?”

The board additionally introduced Thursday it would maintain a public discussion board Feb. 8 on the Morgantown Library in hopes of attracting new members. Board members need the general public to be taught extra about what they do to assist marginalized communities and promote transparency.

The board has 9 slots with seven members at the moment serving.

“We wish to enhance communication between the group and police, and vice versa between the police and group members,” Gandy mentioned.

The ordinance establishing the board and utility are on the Metropolis of Morgantown web site.