Nutter creates board to monitor changes after Philadelphia police shootings

BySEAN CARLIN Associated Press via AP logo
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mayor Michael Nutter speaks during a news conference Monday, March 23, 2015, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has created an independent oversight board to monitor the implementation of recommendations from a Justice Department team that studied the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings in the last eight years.

Nutter signed an executive order Wednesday creating the board to ensure that changes are brought to be department. The Justice Department team offered 91 recommendations Monday including better training, investigations and community relations.

The board will report to the mayor and will be chaired by Temple University law school dean JoAnn Epps. None of the board members will work for the police department.

Nutter says the report shows "it's clear that changes need to be made" and the board will make sure the changes "create a more hospitable environment" between the police and the community.