Activists who won their fight for a civilian review board to check Phoenix Police may hail it as revolutionary.
It is, in concept. In practice, however, it may well turn out to be a disappointment or a mess, possibly both.
The investigative review board and the public comments of the activists that drove its adoption by the Phoenix City Council on Tuesday prove the point.
Most of the speakers talked about mistrust of the police department. Some had relatives shot dead in confrontations with officers. Others spoke of personal encounters with cops who were abusive or belligerent.
A couple of them said they were assaulted by police. They all wanted a change in police culture, specifically on how officers interact with those living in low-income, minority-dominant neighborhoods.