“The Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission has served the City with a fair, accountable, and just process for more than 20 years,” Titus said in a statement. “… The decision to throw this away by making change for political reasons represents a complete and tragic disregard for our great officers who put their lives on the line every day. It boggles my mind, that the mayor and council believe the actions of officers should be judged by those less knowledgeable on the policies and procedures with zero input from actual subject-matter experts — street cops.”

In doing so, the city adopted the recommendation of the University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking. But isn’t having no cops on a police review board like having no doctors on a medical review board?

Several people told the council that officers were a necessary part of the commission.

“Without the patrol point of view, commissioners would be making decisions without vital information,” said St. Paul police officer Ed Dion, who serves on the review panel.

At the city council’s last public hearing on the commission, council members voted down amendments to remove officers or make them non-voting members. But St. Paul residents and at least 18 community organizations have been calling on council members to make it an independent, all-civilian commission.