Process

The Office of the Atlanta Citizen Review Board provides a venue for citizens to file formal complaints against sworn members of the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Corrections Department. The Board is authorized to receive complaints that fall into the following categories:

  • abusive language;
  • false arrest;
  • false imprisonment;
  • harassment;
  • use of excessive force;
  • serious bodily injury; or
  • death that is alleged to be the result of the actions of a sworn employee of the Atlanta Police Department or the Atlanta Department of Corrections.

Note:

  • The complaint must be filed within 180 days after the incident.
  • The complaint must be filed in writing and under oath.

The staff of the ACRB will conduct a preliminary review and investigation to assist the Board to consider the complaint. The Executive Director will refer the matter to the Atlanta Citizen Review Board for their consideration. The Board may decide to do one of the following things:

  • investigate the allegations;
  • refer the complaint to the Office of Professional Standards and the Chief of Police or Corrections;
  • refer the complaint for voluntary mediation services;
  • conduct further investigation of the complaint to determine if the Board has authority to review the complaint; and
  • dismiss the complaint.

If the Atlanta Citizen Review Board decides to have the matter investigated, the staff investigator will conduct the investigation. After the investigation is deemed complete, the Board may conduct a review of the file or hold a hearing in order to establish findings and recommendations.

Notice of the hearing will be provided to the complainant and the subject officer(s). The complainant as well as the involved officers may be asked to testify.

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board members may deliberate in a closed session; however, their vote will be held in public. The complainant or subject officer(s) may have a representative of his/her choice present during the public hearing.

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