CRC Members Present: Ric Alexander, Loren Eriksson, Sid Lezak, Hank Miggins, Donna Oden-Orr, Lewellyn Robison, Tracy Smith, Robert Ueland, Irma Valdez.
CRC Members Absent: None
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), 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), Sergeant Phil Barker (IAD).
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Hank Miggins at
II. Approval of 2/17/04 CRC Minutes
Motion by Bob Ueland to approve. Seconded by Ric Alexander. Minutes were unanimously approved with one addition (suggestion that PPB directive numbers relative to policy issues be included in the minutes).
III. Linley Rees, City Attorney’s Office, explained the Oregon Public Meetings Law and liability issues regarding CRC members.
IV. Director’s Report
One new request for appeal was received last month.
Parking reimbursements will be made to CRC members on a quarterly basis. Receipts are required for reimbursement and reimbursements will be made on the basis of the least expensive reasonably available parking.
The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) will be holding its annual conference in Chicago in October 2004. IPR will be presenting a panel discussion entitled: “Civilian Oversight, Police Departments & Police Unions: Bridging the Gap.” Chief Foxworth, the PPA President and CRC Chair Hank Miggins have agreed to participate.
The revised pre-hearing protocol has been completed and handed out to the CRC.
Biographies for each CRC member and the CRC Chairman’s report are needed by no later than the April 20 meeting. A group picture of CRC members will be taken prior to that meeting.
V. Pre-hearing on CRC 2004-X-0002. A PPB officer appealed a sustained courtesy finding regarding use of profanity. The appellant-officer was present with a union representative. The complainant was not present.
After comments by the appellant and CRC discussion, Mr. Ueland made a motion to accept the appeal for a full hearing, seconded by Ms. Robison. The motion passed by a vote of 8-1.
VI. After a brief discussion of the updated appeal protocol, Ms. Valdez made a motion to accept the protocol with proposed revisions. Ms. Oden-Orr seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
VII. Pre-hearing on CRC 2004-X-0003. Appellant alleged that officers used excessive force in arresting him at an anti-war protest. The appellant was present with his attorney and a witness.
After hearing from the appellant and his attorney, the CRC discussed the case. Ms. Valdez made a motion to accept the appeal for a full hearing, seconded by Mr. Lezak. The motion passed by a vote of 5-4.
Yes: Alexander, Lezak, Smith, Ueland, Valdez.
No: Eriksson, Miggins, Oden-Orr, Robison.
VIII. Discussion of the CRC’s role in auditing IPR/IAD declinations, and service complaints. This discussion was facilitated by IPR Assistant Director Pete Sandrock. A decision was made to form a work group to work with Mr. Sandrock to review a sampling of the above-mentioned type of cases. The work group will begin by reviewing a random sample of 15 IPR declinations. CRC members Robison, Erikkson, and Alexander volunteered to serve on this work group.
IX. Discussion of the IPR/CRC outreach plan. This discussion was facilitated by Lauri Stewart, IPR Community Relations Coordinator. The CRC agreed that the highest priority item on the draft outreach plan is to schedule a CRC meeting outside of City Hall in a neighborhood location (and additional CRC meetings outside of City Hall as well). The CRC also agreed that it should be a priority to implement the planned permanent IPR pamphlet distribution centers in the community. It was also a priority to institute a series of regularly scheduled outreach meetings and events. It was decided to form an outreach work group to work with Ms. Stewart. CRC members Valdez , Ueland, and Miggins volunteered to serve on this work group.
X. Public Input: Diane Lane (Portland Rights Watch); Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch); Richard Koenig; Freedom Child; Jason Dunlap.