Citizen Review Committee
December 14, 2011
Date Approved: January 11, 2012
Meeting Location: Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor, Portland City Hall
Chair Troy called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm.
Introductions and Welcome
Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Members Present:Jamie Troy(Chair) ;Michael Bigham (Vice-chair), Jeff Bissonnette (Recorder), LorenEriksson, Hank Miggins, Ayoob Ramjan, Dr. Rochelle Silver, Steve Yarosh
Andre Pruitt was excused from tonight’s meeting.
City staff: Mary-Beth Baptista, Director, Independent Police Review (IPR); Constantin Severe, IPR Assistant Director
Portland Police Bureau: Captain Dave Famous, Professional Standards Division; Lieutenant Chris Davis, Internal Affairs (IA)
Community/Media: Dan Handelman, Portland Copwatch and Flying Focus Video;
Regina Hannon, Portland Copwatch; Denis Theriault, Porland Mercury; Julio Granda, Maizie Kilmer, K.A. Lalsingh (CRC Nominee)
Approval of Minutes of the 11/9/11 CRC Meeting
A motion was made by Chair Troy and seconded by Mr. Miggins to approve the minutes of the 11/9/11 CRC meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
IPR Work Plan / Accomplishments
Ordinance / Proposed Code Changes: The Auditor, IPR Director, Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator have participated in four City Council public hearings on public safety recommendations and proposed Portland City Code revisions.
Assistant Director Recruitment: After a three-week open recruitment, IPR received 63 applications for the part-time Assistant Director position. The Bureau of Human Resources is currently reviewing the applications and will provide IPR Director Mary-Beth Baptista a list of qualified applicants. Baptista will review the list and the top ranked applicants will be interviewed by Auditor Griffin-Valade, Baptista, and CRC member Ayoob Ramjanin late December and early January.
CRC New Member Orientation: Director Baptista and Community Outreach Coordinator Irene Konev have planned a comprehensive, informative orientation program for new and returning CRC members — to facilitate a foundation of police oversight and build relationships. The orientation will occur prior to CRC appointment at City Council so that members will be trained and prepared on their first day of service. The five-hour orientation covers an introduction to the Auditor’s Office, IPR, and CRC, as well as diversity topics, and an on-site training at Internal Affairs.
Diversity Training for IPR Staff: IPR invited a guest speaker, Gabby Santos of Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, to speak to the staff about the diversity of gender identity in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
IPR Community Outreach
Ms. Konev met with the Director of the Rosewood Initiative to expand awareness of IPR, attended their community meeting, and networked with community members living in SE Portland. She also attended the Citizen Advisory Council Meeting East Precinct.
A culmination of two years of networking with the Slavic community and East Precinct police led to the Russian Speaking Network Workshop titled “Communication with Police.” Commander Lee of East Precinct presented on policing in Portland. Officer Haunsperger presented on police procedure and relationship building between the Slavic community and the police. Ms. Konev gave a presentation to the same Slavic audience on the powers and duties of IPR/CRC and the commendation and complaint process.
Representative Lew Frederick met with Assistant Director Constantin Severe, toured IPR, and talked about the powers and duties of IPR as well as the March 2010 changes to City Code.
Black United Fund College Fair at Portland State University: CRC nominee K.A. Lalsingh attended and promoted awareness of IPR and CRC to youth ranging from middle school to college. The several hundred attendees included youth, parents, and community members from Portland, the state of Oregon, and several other states.
Fix – it Fair at Ron Russell Middle School: Dr. Rochelle Silver and Ms. Konev attended the fair, promoting awareness of IPR/CRC and the commendation/complaint process. Community Feedback to IPR: See Director’s Report. IPR and IA Caseloads: See Director’s Report. Status of Officer-involved Shootings and In-custody Death Investigations: See Director’s Report.
CRC Chair’s Report (Chair Troy)
On 11/16/11 Chair Troy attended a City Council meeting on the proposed ordinance changes and presented his views about the standard of review. On 12/8/11 he attended another City Council meeting at which time additional testimony was taken on the proposed ordinance changes and police conduct in general. Chair Troysaid he was not aware that the City Council was going to conduct a final vote on the proposed amendments at today’s meeting.
There was a discussion of CRC’s role in reviewing investigations on cases that are appealed.
The Appeal Workgroup has developed an Appeal Process Advisor (APA) Evaluation Form. Mr. Bissonnette moved that the APA Evaluation Form be adopted, and the motion was seconded. After discussion and public comment, the motion passed unanimously.
Appeals Workgroup (Chair Troy): The workgroup last met on 11/28/11 and created the APA Evaluation Form. The next scheduled meeting is on 1/10/12 at noon at Chair Troy’s office.
Outreach Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): The workgroup met today (12/14/11) to continue preparations for the 1/26/12 public forum, which will be held at the East Portland Community Center. The next scheduled meeting is on 1/11/12.
Protocol Workgroup (Mr. Miggins): Workgroup remains in hiatus. Room arrangement changes for appeals will be left for the Protocol Workgroup to discuss at a later date.
Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion Workgroup (Mr. Yarosh): The workgroup last met on 12/9/11. Lieutenant Davis arranged for the workgroup to hear from the Police Human Resources Manager and a lieutenant from PPB Personnel Division. The workgroup is in an information-gathering stage at this time. The workgroup has regular meetings the second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The next scheduled meeting is on 1/13/12 in the Auditor’s Conference Room.
Recurring Audit Workgroup (Mr. Ramjan): The workgroup continues working on review of IPR dismissals.
Taser/Less-lethal Force Workgroup (Mr. Bigham): The workgroup last met on 12/6/11. The workgroup continues work on its recommendations. The next meeting is scheduled for 12/27/11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Auditor’s Conference Room. .
Regina Hannon said she has been watching City Council hearings and is appalled by the testimony about police brutality.
Mr. Handelman commented that the Ordinance changes enacted today made it clear that CRC may accept new information, but cannot use that information to change a finding. Mr. Handelman also commented that City Council did not wait for CRC to have a meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance changes before conducting their final vote.
An unidentified person commented about the emergency vote taken at today’s City Council meeting.
An unidentified person asked about the process for recommending changes in the use of riot gear by police officers.
Director Baptista commented about the upcoming CRC training sessions.
Dr. Silver thanked the groups and individuals who attended and testified at the City Council hearings on police oversight. Mr. Bigham seconded Dr. Silver’s comments.
Mr. Yarosh: Based on what he personally witnessed, he was impressed with the patient and professional manner in which Portland Police officers cleared the Occupy Portland encampment.
Chair Troy adjourned the meeting at approximately 7:25 p.m.