Citizen Review Committee
April 13, 2011
Date Approved: 5/11/11
Meeting Location: Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor, Portland City Hall
Chair Bigham called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm.
Introductions and Welcome
CRC Members Present: Michael Bigham (Chair), Jamie Troy (Vice-Chair), Jeff Bissonnette (Recorder), Loren Eriksson, Hank Miggins, Andre Pruitt, Rochelle Silver, Steve Yarosh
CRC Members Absent: Ayoob Ramjan (excused)
City staff: LaVonne Griffin-Valade (City Auditor), Constantin Severe (IPR Assistant Director), Irene Konev (IPR Community Outreach Coordinator)
Police Bureau: Lieutenant Chris Davis (IA)
Community/Media: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch and Flying Focus Video), Regina Hannon (Portland Copwatch), Debbie Aiona (League of Women Voters), Kalei Luyben, Mr. Luyben, Ann Brayfield
Approval of Minutes of the 3/9/11CRC Meeting
Dr. Silver moved to approve the minutes. Mr. Bissonnette seconded. The minutes were approved by a vote of 7-1.
Yes: Bigham, Troy, Bissonnette, Eriksson, Miggins, Silver, Yarosh
Presentation by City Auditor Griffin-Valade and IPR Assistant Director Severe
In recognition of National Volunteer Week Ms. Griffin-Valade and Mr. Severe honored CRC members for their service and commitment by presenting them with certificates of appreciation and celebrated CRC contributions with cupcakes and sparkling cider.
OIR Review Update (IPR Assistant Director Severe)
The Office of Independent Review Group (OIR) has been selected by the City Council to do an expert review of closed cases involving officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths from 2004 through 2011. Previous expert reviews were conducted by the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC). OIR anticipates that there will be one report per year, with possibly four reports in total. The reports will be thematic rather than chronological, as were the PARC reports. The first report will include five or six cases. OIR will be in Portland from May 11-13, and they plan to be present at the next CRC meeting.
Director’s Report (Assistant Director Severe)
Independent Police Review (IPR) Division Work Plan / Accomplishments:
Director Mary-Beth Baptista will be out-of-the-office until Monday, 5/9/11. Assistant Director Constantin Severe continues to direct IPR in her absence.
An orientation program was provided for the new and returning CRC members. The orientation, consisting of three sessions, facilitated relationship building between the Auditor, IPR staff, CRC members, the public, and Internal Affairs.
IPR Community Outreach
Through the World Affairs Council, Assistant Director Severe presented to delegates of Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Yemen, and Palestine Territories. It was a meaningful discussion on governance issues and conflict resolution.
Community Outreach Coordinator Konev attended and networked at the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Community Budget Forum Outreach Fair at Wilson High School. She met with the director of the Youth Violence Prevention Program as well as presidents of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs and the National Association for Advancement of Colored People. Ms. Konev made a presentation on the commendation and complaint process to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She also attended the City Charter Commission.
IPR and IAD Caseloads: See caseload tables in Director’s Report.
CRC Retreat (Vice-chair Troy)
The CRC Retreat will tentatively take place on Saturday, May 7, at the City of Portland Water Treatment Plant. A person from the Eugene oversight program has been invited to present at the retreat, but their confirmation has not yet been received. The planning committee hopes to develop three achievable goals for the year. It is also hoped that the CRC Tracking List may be reviewed at the retreat. There are no definite plans for a facilitator at this time. The retreat will be open to the public and will be recorded.
Mr. Troy made a motion to schedule the CRC Retreat for Saturday, 5/7/11. Mr. Miggins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Election of CRC Officers
Dr. Silver nominated Mr. Troy for Chair.
Dr. Silver nominated Mr. Bigham for the Vice-chair. Mr. Troy seconded.
Mr. Troy nominated Mr. Bissonnette to continue as Recorder. Mr. Eriksson seconded.
All nominations were unanimously approved.
Draft Revision of Protocol PSF-5.18 - Policy Review (Mr. Miggins)
Mr. Miggins made a motion for acceptance of revised Protocol PSF-5.18. Mr. Troy seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Community and Police Relations Committee Update (Dr. Silver)
Dr. Silver recalled that some time ago CRC agreed to have a member attend the meetings of the Community and Police Relations Committee whenever possible. At the last meeting, which Dr. Silver attended, Maria Lisa Johnson, Director of the Human Relations Committee announced that she was resigning from her position. It is not known how this will affect the operations of the Community and Police Relations Committee.
Appeals Workgroup (Mr. Troy): Last meeting was on 3/21/11. Work on Protocol PSF-5.16 City Commission Appeals Protocol) has been held in abeyance until the City Council has considered the recommendations of the Stakeholder Committee. There is an ongoing discussion on Protocol PSF-5.21 (Appeal Process Advisor). The next meeting is scheduled for 4/19/11 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Mr. Troy’s office.
Outreach Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): Last meeting was on 4/6/11. The next public forum is scheduled for 5/18/11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Portland Community College Workforce Training Center on NE 42nd Avenue. The next meeting is scheduled for 4/18/11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Audit Services Library.
Protocol Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): Last meeting was on 3/10/11. The Protocol Workgroup has suspended future meetings pending City Council’s consideration of the Stakeholder Committee recommendations.
Recurring Audit Workgroup (Mr. Bissonnette): The workgroup’s next review will be regarding IPR dismissals. The workgroup has suspended future meetings pending the appointment of a new CRC member to the workgroup.
Taser/Less-lethal Force Workgroup (Mr. Bigham): Last meeting was on 4/5/11. IPR Senior Management Analyst Derek Reinke presented a rough draft of the workgroup Taser review. At the next meeting, which is scheduled for 4/19/11 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a discussion of tort cases, and Mr. Reinke will present further analysis.
Further New Business
Dr. Silver asked about the CRC meeting room set-up plan for appeals that was included in the CRC packets. Dr. Silver was in favor of the position of the CRC tables, but she objected to the position of the appellant next to the police. She also suggested that the position of the police directly in front of members of the public be reconsidered. Mr. Eriksson proposed that the position of the police be shifted to the opposite side of the room. Mr. Severe suggested that the seating arrangement be addressed by the Appeals Workgroup.
Ms. Aiona suggested that CRC and the public be provided copies of draft RFPs and contracts for expert review consultants.
Ms. Hannon expressed concerns about the City Auditor leaving tonight’s meeting before the discussion of the selection process for the expert review consultants, and she questioned the procedure by which Mr. Ramjan was appointed to represent CRC in the selection process without the knowledge of other CRC members.
Mr. Handelman also questioned the selection of Mr. Ramjan for the selection committee for the expert review consultants.
Ms. Kalei Luyben presented to Mr. Severe and the City Auditor a notebook entitled “Shooting the Sick: Why is Protective Custody Not a Viable Option in Portland?”
Mr. Severe reiterated his appreciation for the work and dedication of CRC members.
Chair Bigham adjourned the meeting at 7:51 p.m.