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Black and Latino police officers groups said Saturday that a police panel formed to investigate citizen complaints about police tactics during the Republican National Convention threatened to undermine civilian oversight of the Police Department.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly formed the panel of senior chiefs to review claims filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that investigates complaints of police misconduct.

The creation of the panel added a layer to the NYPD discipline process, in which the police commissioner reviews complaints substantiated by the review board and then decides whether to impose discipline.

"You're asking police officers to investigate police officers, and that has never been effective," said Anthony Miranda, executive director of the National Latino
Officers Association, which joined the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement to protest the plan at Police Headquarters.

A police spokesman said the panel would be disbanded after it reviewed 59 complaints filed over alleged abuse of convention protesters.

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