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February 17, 2004

 
Minutes
Citizen Review Committee
February 17, 2004
(Approved March 16, 2004)
 
CRC Members Present:  Ric Alexander, Hank Miggins, Robert Ueland, Loren Eriksson, Lewellyn Robison, Irma Valdez, Donna Oden-Orr (arrived 5:45 p.m.)
Absent: Tracy Smith, Sid Lezak
 
City Staff Present:  Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Michael Hess (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Linly Rees (City Attorney’s Office), Captain Darrel Schenck (IAD), Lieutenant George Babnick (IAD)
 
Facilitators:  Donna Silverberg and Chris Sheesley 
 
Meeting began at 5:30 p.m.
 
I.  Introductions 
 
II. Director’s Report
 
  • The IPR-CRC report on the Police Bureau’s use of the HooperDetoxificationCenter will be released to the media and the public tomorrow.
  • Profanity Report: Has received local and national coverage.
  • New Appeals: Two new appeals have been received since the last CRC meeting.  Both appeals have been approved for referral to the CRC.  One appeal is from a police officer appealing a sustained finding relating to profanity.  This is the first appeal received from a police officer since IPR was established.  The second is a citizen-initiated appeal and is related to an anti-war protest complaint.
  • The IPR Director is making presentations to each of the Chief’s Advisory Committees.  A presentation was recently made to the Arab-Muslim Advisory Committee and presentations have been scheduled for the Sexual Minorities Roundtable and the Asian Law Enforcement Council.  The Asian Law Enforcement Council presentation will conflict with next month’s CRC meeting and the Director will be approximately one hour late to the CRC meeting.
  • Clarification:  Portland Police officers are permitted to file complaints through IPR.  They have in the past and they will be able to do so in the future.  The only limitation for officers is that the IPR-CRC ordinance does not permit an officer who has made a complaint against another officer to appeal a non-sustained finding to the IPR-CRC.
 
 
III.  Approval of 1/20/04 CRC Minutes
 
Motion by Hank Miggins to approve.  Seconded by Ric Alexander.  Minutes were unanimously approved.
 
IV.  Public comment by Richard Koenig.
 
[Donna Oden-Orr arrived]
 
V.  Communications and Expectations:  Discussion facilitated by Donna Silverberg and Chris Sheesley;  “Guidance for Working Together Effectively” was amended.  Consensus decision-making process was discussed and accepted by the group to be used when appropriate.  
 
VI.  Selection of CRC Chair, Vice Chair, and Recorder
 
Chair: Bob Ueland nominated Hank Miggins (accepted).  Seconded by Irma Valdez.  Hank Miggins nominated Ric Alexander (declined).  Irma Valdez nominated Donna Oden-Orr (declined).  Hank Miggins elected by consensus.
 
Vice Chair: Irma Valdez nominated Donna Oden-Orr (accepted).  Donna Oden-Orr nominated Irma Valdez (declined).  Hank Miggins  nominated Lewellyn Robison (declined).  Donna Oden-Orr elected by consensus.
 
Recorder: Donna Oden-Orr nominated Irma Valdez (declined).  Irma Valdez nominated Lewellyn Robison (accepted).  Lewellyn Robison elected by consensus.
 
Election Results
 
Chair:  Hank Miggins
Vice Chair:  Donna Oden-Orr
Recorder:  Lewellyn Robison
 
[Chair Miggins presided over the remainder of the meeting]
 
VII.  Introduction of Sergeant Robert King, President of the Portland Police Association, who greeted and welcomed the new Citizen Review Committee. 
 
VIII.  Pre-hearing on CRC 2003-X-0019.  Appellant alleged that officers used excessive force in arresting him after a shooting and pursuit. 
 
This pre-hearing was begun at the previous CRC meeting.  The CRC requested additional information from IAD before reaching a discussion.  The appellant is incarcerated and therefore was not able to be present for the pre-hearing.
 
After discussion, Donna Oden-Orr made a motion to decline the appeal.  Lewellyn Robison seconded the motion.  The motion to decline the appeal passed unanimously. 
 
IX.  Pre-hearing on CRC 2004-X-0001.  Appellant alleged that an officer made racially offensive comments and inappropriately ordered his vehicle towed.  Appellant was present for the pre-hearing. 
 
After hearing from the appellant and CRC discussion of the case, Bob Ueland made a motion to decline the appeal.  Loren Eriksson seconded the motion.  The motion to decline the appeal passed unanimously.
 
The CRC identified the Portland Police Bureau’s towing directives as a policy issue for future discussion. (Ref. PPB Directive No. 630.60)
 
X.   Continuation of Discussion of Pre-hearing Protocol
 
After discussing two changes proposed by the IPR Director, the CRC unanimously approved making the interim pre-hearing protocol permanent.  This motion was made by Donna Oden-Orr and seconded by Bob Ueland.
 
(The protocol was amended to include an appellant’s right to speak in the introductory statement by the CRC Chair and to have the IPR report presented before the appellant speaks.)
 
Bob Ueland moved to eliminate public comment prior to the CRC vote, but there was no second to this motion.
 
The IPR Director will provide the committee with the prior verbiage for re-creation of the “Conference Committee” as the basis for discussion of this issue at a future CRC meeting.
 
XI.  Joseph DeAngelis, IPR Management Analyst, presented a working outline for the IPR’s Second Annual Report and solicited CRC involvement in the report.  A full draft of the annual report is expected to be completed by the end of March with the final version to be presented to the City Council sometime in April.  Bob Ueland volunteered to proof-read the draft.
 
XIII:  Public Input: Todd Kurlowicz, Diane Lane (Portland Rights Watch);  Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch);  Freedom Child; an anonymous citizen.
 
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.