/ Modified jul 7, 2020 5:05 p.m.

TPD forms board to review 'critical' incidents

The new board will review the events that lead to the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez in Tucson police custody in April.

Magnus 20200624 Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus, at a June 24, 2020 media briefing.
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The Sentinel Event Review Board (SERB) will meet for the first time Wednesday to review the events that lead to the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez in Tucson police custody in April.

TPD Chief Chris Magnus said the board is used in many industries but is not common in police work. He said the idea is to learn from the incident. "It is really an interesting approach that is being used in the transportation field and hospitals, to look retrospectively at a critical incident and try to learn from it," Magnus said.

“To move away from blaming any one particular individual or individuals and rather look at the system so you can do things better,” Magnus explained.

The board draws its membership from many areas.

“We’re convening a group of community members as well as some subject matter experts and some folks from within the department to basically look at how can we try to minimize the likelihood of incidents like these deaths,” said Magnus.

The Tucson Police Department already has a community review board, but it has regularly scheduled meetings. The SERB will meet only when there is a critical incident.

The new board will meet four times over the next month and then issue a public report, which will include recommendations.

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