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May 15, 2007

 Minutes
Citizen Review Committee
May 15, 2007
Approved ­­­­­­­­­­­­­June 19, 2007
 
CRC Members Present:  Hank Miggins (Chair), Michael Bigham, Josephine Cooper, Loren Eriksson, Robert Milesnick, Sherrelle Owens, Lewellyn Robison, Robert Ueland (arrived at 5:50 p.m.)
 
CRC Members Absent:  Irene Ogouma 
 
City Staff Present:  Leslie Stevens (IPR Director), Michael Hess (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Linly Rees (City Attorney’s Office)
 
Portland Police Bureau Members Present:  Captain John Tellis (IAD), Commander Michael Crebs (East Precinct), Lieutenant Mark Kruger (Traffic Division), Sergeant Robert King (Portland Police Association), Sergeant Mitch Copp (Portland Police Association)
 
Chair Miggins called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.
 
I.      Introductions of CRC members and meeting attendees 
 
II.     Approval of Minutes of 4/17/07CRC Meeting:  Ms. Robison moved to approve the minutes.  Mr. Eriksson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 
 
III.    Appeal Hearing: CRC No. 2007-X-0001 (IPR/IAD No. 2006-C-0356).  The appellant alleged that a Portland Police Bureau officer Appeal Hearing 2007-X-0001 (IPR/IAD Case No. 2006-C-0253).  Appellant alleged an officer used poor discretion by taking him to detox; inappropriately hid the appellant’s gun and failed to tell him where he had hidden it; and stopped at a convenience store enroute to detox and got a cup of coffee before completing the transport. 
 
The appellant and the involved officer (Officer A) provided testimony on their own behalf.  Mr. Eric Terrell served as the appellant’s Appeal Process Advisor.  There were then follow-up questions and discussion by CRC; rebuttal statements from the appellant and Sergeant Copp of the Portland Police Association;  and public testimony from Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch), Victoria Leary of the League of Women Voters, and an acquaintance of the appellant (provided first name only: Joel).  (Note: Mr. Ueland arrived late for this hearing and therefore abstained from voting.)    
 
Chair Miggins called for a motion regarding the first allegation, that Officer A used poor discretion in taking the appellant to Detox.  Mr. Milesnick made a motion to affirm the Police Bureau’s finding of Exonerated.   Mr. Eriksson seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 7-0, with one abstention.   
 
Yes:  Bigham, Cooper, Eriksson, Miggins, Milesnick, Owens, Robison 
Abstain:  Ueland
 
Chair Miggins called for a motion regarding the second allegation, that Officer A inappropriately hid the appellant’s gun and failed to tell him where it was hidden. 
 
Mr. Milesnick made a motion to affirm the Police Bureau’s finding of Exonerated.   Ms. Robison seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 6-1, with one abstention.  
 
Yes:  Bigham, Cooper, Eriksson, Miggins, Milesnick, Robison 
No:  Owens,
Abstain:  Ueland
 
Ms. Robison made a motion to advise that Officer A be debriefed by his supervisor about when and how to advise a person abut where property is hidden and to not use this as a bargaining chip to change the behavior of a person.  Commander Crebs agreed that this would be addressed with the officer in a debriefing, so Ms. Robison withdrew the motion.
 
Chair Miggins called for a motion regarding the third allegation, that Officer A inappropriately stopped for coffee while transporting the appellant to detox.

Ms. Robison made a motion to affirm the Police Bureau’s finding of Exonerated.   Mr. Eriksson seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 5-2, with one abstention.  
 
Yes:  Cooper, Eriksson, Miggins, Milesnick, Robison 
No:  Bigham, Owens
Abstain:  Ueland
 
Chair Miggins thanked the hearing participants.
 
Policy Issues:
 
·  Mr. Ueland expressed a concern about the lack of any policy that identifies who is responsible for securing a person’s premises when a person is placed on a detox or mental health hold. 
 
·  Ms. Owens suggested that the concealing of a person’s property by an officer for safety reasons and the manner of informing the property owner should be addressed in policy.  
 
IV.    Appeal Hearing 2007-X-0002 (IPR/IAD Case No. 2006-C-0356).  Appellant alleges she was found guilty and fined for a traffic offense because the officer who cited her did not clearly explain her options. 
 
Neither the appellant nor the involved officer were present for the hearing.  IPR Hess read a written statement provided by the appellant.  Lieutenant Kruger of the Traffic Division provided information on how the finding was reached. 
 
After follow-up questions and discussion by CRC, a statement from Sergeant King, PPA, and public testimony from Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch), Chair Miggins called for a motion on the allegation that Officer A did not properly explain the appellant’s options, causing her to be found guilty and fined $109.  Mr. Milesnick moved to affirm the Police Bureau’s finding of Exonerated.  Mr. Eriksson seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 8-0.    
 
Yes:  Bigham, Cooper, Eriksson, Miggins, Milesnick, Owens, Robison, Ueland
 
Policy Issues:  Ms. Owens suggested that there be consideration of a policy allowing CRC to add additional allegations to a complaint based on their review.
 
V.     Presentation by Commander Donna Henderson about the Transit Division.  Commander Henderson was accompanied by Lieutenant Ed Hamann and Lieutenant John Smith of the PPB Transit Division.  (A handout was provided.)
 
VI.    Director Stevens announced that the 6/19/07 CRC meeting will be held in Room 320 of the Multnomah County Courthouse.  The 7/17/07 CRC meeting and, until further notice, all future CRC meetings scheduled for City Hall, will be held in the Rose Room in the Portland City Hall, as the Mayor’s Office has booked the Lovejoy Room.  
 
VII.   Chair Miggins presented the draft of a letter that he wrote to Auditor Blackmer requesting that he take necessary action to replace Ms. Ogouma on the CRC, since Ms. Ogouma has not been available for committee assignments and has not attended a CRC meeting in several months.  Mr. Ueland made a motion to approve the letter.  Mr. Milesnick seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 
 
VIII.  Public Comment:  Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch).  Made comments about tonight’s appeal hearings; expressed opposition to holding the June hearings in the Multnomah County Courthouse.
 
Chair Miggins adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m.