Citizen Review Committee
May 11, 2011
Date Approved: June 8, 2011
Meeting Location: Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor, Portland City Hall
Chair Troy called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm.
Introductions and Welcome
CRC Members Present: Jamie Troy (Chair), Michael Bigham (Vice-chair), Jeff Bissonnette (Recorder), Loren Eriksson, Hank Miggins, Andre Pruitt, Ayoob Ramjan, Rochelle Silver, Steve Yarosh
City staff: Mary-Beth Baptista (IPR Director), Constantin Severe (IPR Assistant Director)
Police Bureau: Lieutenant Chris Davis (IA), Commander Ed Brumfield (Detective Division)
Community/Media: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch and Flying Focus Video), Debbie Aiona (League of Women Voters)
OIR Group: Michael Gennaco, Julie Ruhlin, Robert Miller
Approval of Minutes of the 4/13/11CRC Meeting
It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the 4/13/11 CRC meeting. The minutes were unanimously approved with two minor corrections as pointed out by Dr. Silver.
Presentation: Office of Independent Review Group (OIR Group)
The OIR Group presented its methodology for reviewing officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths, followed by discussion, questions, and public comment.
Director’s Report (Assistant Director Severe)
Independent Police Review (IPR) Division Work Plan / Accomplishments:
- IPR Director Mary Beth Baptista has returned to duty.
- IPR Annual Report will be released in late May or early June.
- CRC New Member Orientation concluded with its third session on 4/13/11.
- IPR Community Outreach Coordinator Irene Konev is the winner of the City of Portland Diversity Champion Award. The awards ceremony will take place in Council Chambers on 5/25/11 at 2:30 pm.
IPR Community Outreach
African American Alliance Community Unity Breakfast participants heard from Mr. Severe and Ms. Konev on IPR updates, OIR consultants, outreach efforts, and a request for greater community input to IPR.
Portland Community College – Sylvania Women’s Resource Center heard from CRC member Dr. Rochelle Silver and Ms. Konev on IPR/CRC powers and duties and the CRC application process.
Native American Youth Association (NAYA) and Youth Violence Prevention Partnership held a presentation for NAYA youth. Ms. Konev presented on the commendation and complaint process and Officers Mark Piombo and Amanda McMillan answered questions on police procedures.
IPR assisted the Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator to publicly present, at the Community and Police Relations Committee monthly meeting, 25 commendations for line officers and 7 commendations for command staff of the Portland Police Bureau for their work with youth.
IPR and IAD Caseloads: See caseload tables in Director’s Report.
IPR Director Baptista reported that the Mayor approved the Auditor's request to put funding in the budget to make Constantin's position permanent.
Following the Director’s Report, there was a discussion of the Stakeholder Committee Report, the decline in the number of appeals, and IA caseload tables.
CRC Chair’s Report (Chair Troy)
The Auditor has adopted and posted on the IPR website revised Protocol PSF-5.18 (Policy Review Protocol), which was approved by CRC at its 4/13/11 meeting.
CRC Retreat (Chair Troy)
The CRC Retreat was held on Saturday, 5/7/11, at the City of Portland’s Water Pollution Control Laboratory. Mr. Troy presented a summary of the retreat. Goals agreed upon were the following: for CRC members to meet with their designated City Commissioners by 7/1/11 and engage them in an ongoing conversation about moving forward in addressing the Stakeholder Committee’s recommendations; to form new workgroups to replace workgroups that are close to completing their work. Issues that are under consideration are: Police Bureau’s recruitment and retention policies, discipline, and training issues, and review of the recommendations of outside consultants.
Chair Troy noted that the newly revised Protocol 5.18 allows for any CRC member to identify an issue for review and that CRC, in collaboration with IPR, will determine if it is something that they choose to pursue by creation of a workgroup to address the issue.
Chair Troy then made a motion to create a CRC workgroup to address the recruitment and retention policies of the Portland Police Bureau. Mr. Bissonnette seconded. After discussion and public comment, the motion passed unanimously. Chair Troy appointed Mr. Yarosh, Mr. Pruitt, and Mr. Bigham to the new workgroup.
Chair Troy announced that Mr. Yarosh is now a member of the Recurring Audit Workgroup and Mr. Pruitt is now a member of the Outreach Workgroup.
Appeals Workgroup (Mr. Troy): The workgroup met on 4/19/11 and on 5/10/11. The workgroup is continuing its work on Protocol PSF-5.21 (Appeal Process Advisor). The next meeting is scheduled for 5/25/11 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in Mr. Troy’s office.
Outreach Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): Last meeting was on 5/4/11. The next community forum, which had to be rescheduled due to conflicts with other City meetings, has been rescheduled for 6/22/11. IPR has agreed to provide approximately $150 for refreshments. The next workgroup meeting is scheduled for 5/18/11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Audit Services Library.
Protocol Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): The Protocol Workgroup has suspended future meetings pending City Council’s consideration of the Stakeholder Committee recommendations.
Recurring Audit Workgroup (Mr. Ramjan): The workgroup’s next review will be of IPR dismissals. The workgroup’s next meeting will be on 5/18/11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Audit Services Library.
Taser/Less-lethal Force Workgroup (Mr. Bigham): Last meeting was on 5/10/11. The workgroup is working on formulating recommendations. The next meeting is scheduled for 5/25/11 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mr. Handelman suggested that the Director’s report should document the number of cases that are pending appeal and the number of cases closed in the past month, including the age and outcome of these cases. Mr. Handelman also suggested that posters and fliers be used to publicize the community forums.
Ms. Aiona reminded CRC that the Police Review Board is required to issue periodic reports on its activities. Ms. Aiona requested that CRC and the public be kept informed, on an ongoing basis, on the progress of investigations of officer involved shootings and deaths in custody.
Mr. Severe commented that the Professional Standards Division is aware of the requirement to issue reports on the activities of the Police Review Board, and their first report is forthcoming.
Mr. Yarosh said that he went on a Friday night ride-along with Lieutenant Chris Davis. He described the ride-along as “eye-opening and very impressive” and noted that “we should be proud to have [Lieutenant Davis] serving with us – he’s a great resource.” Mr. Yarosh encouraged all CRC members to go on a ride-along with Lieutenant Davis.
Chair Troy adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.