Watch “These Streets are Watching,” the movie recently shown to members of Asheville’s newly formed Copwatch group, which seeks to monitor the Asheville Police Department’s activities, as part of their training.
The film lays out Copwatch’s reason for existing, asserting that monitoring by Copwatch groups is “a small but real deterrent against police misconduct.” It features interviews with founders of Copwatch groups in cities such as Denver, Berkeley and Cincinatti, along with information about basic Copwatch procedures. It also endorses a citizen’s police-review board, a step Asheville City Council balked at earlier this year.
However, Citizen’s Awareness Asheville, the group Copwatch grew out of, has formed their own review board and stated that they will issue reports based on their observance of police conduct.
— David Forbes, staff writer