In our July Luncheon, we heard from Kim Neal, the new Police Monitor for the City of Fort Worth.
Neal started with the City of Fort Worth in February, just before the city and nation were hit with a global pandemic. During her short tenure she has also seen the rising of what she calls a "modern day civil rights era" in the wake of tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. Despite these overwhelming distractions, Neal has hit the ground running, visiting with multiple community groups to ensure citizens know how to file any complaints they may have regarding their interaction with the police. She said the approach the City of Fort Worth is taking is more systemic- examining broader patterns and addressing trends to make lasting change. By studying complaints and talking with citizens, they can identify patterns that may emerge in certain parts of the City, with particular officers or with certain populations. She mentioned that her department is creating a newsletter and a website to communicate directly with citizens regarding their work. She encouraged members to communicate through her email at firstname.lastname@example.org