After nine members were appointed to the Tallahassee Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB), the City Commissioners voted to appoint Commissioner Curtis Richardson’s nominee Rashad Mujahid as the CPRB’s first chairperson on Jan. 27.
Mujahid spoke to Tallahassee Reports about his hopes for the CPRB as well as why he thinks the board is important for the community and the Tallahassee Police Department.
“I want to see a board that is open and accessible to the public and that we have some real impact. We want to give the people in the community a legitimate feeling that their voice is being heard,” Mujahid said. “We are not advocating for either one side; we want to make sure that there is open communication between both our citizens and our police force as well as letting our community know that their concerns will be sincerely looked at as it relates to whatever issue that may come up.”
Mujahid said he’s always been active in the Tallahassee community and that he was asked to apply for the chairperson position. He said he is honored that he was selected and hopes he can represent the Board the best way he can.
“I think Tallahassee is an excellent city, and I just wanted to find a way to serve, so I put in an application to sit on the board,” Mujahid said.
Mujahid declined to speak on what he thought about the grand jury rulings of the officer-involved shootings last year, as well as other issues Tallahassee law enforcement may have, due to confidentiality.
“These are issues we will probably have to look at as a board and I don’t want to get out in front of the board by giving my personal input.” Mujahid said.
Mujahid also commented on Tallahassee’s narrative versus the national narrative towards law enforcement.
“Our narrative is different, and I want to make sure it stays different. We aren’t perfect, but we haven’t had the same issues that you see nationally. That is why this board is so important — so that we can discuss any type of issues that may come up and get ahead of it, which I know we can,” Mujahid said. “Ultimately it is about having a force that is receptive to all people in Tallahassee and making sure everyone is getting a fair shake. We have both the compacity as a community and a leadership community to do so.”
The CPRB’s first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 4.