Citizen Review Committee
May 18, 2004
(Approved June 15, 2004)
CRC Members Present: Ric Alexander, Loren Eriksson, Hank Miggins, Donna Oden-Orr, Lewellyn Robison, Tracy Smith, Irma Valdez.
CRC Members Absent: Robert Ueland
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Captain Darrel Schenck (IAD), Lieutenant George Babnick (IAD).
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Hank Miggins at 5:35 p.m.
II. Unanimous approval of 4/20/04 CRC Minutes.
III. Director’s Report
- Deputy City Attorney Linly Rees will be on maternity leave until August.
- The City Council approved a five year contract with the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC). Shootings that occurred before the end of 2001 will be reviewed. PARC will also review the status of the Police Bureau’s implementation of their prior recommendations. The Police Bureau’s most recent matrix on the status of implementation of the PARC recommendations was handed out to the members of the CRC.
- Appeal No. 2004-X-002. The Police Bureau agreed to vacate the “sustained” finding against the involved officer for use of profanity. The finding has been changed to a “service complaint.” The officer will be debriefed and the appeal has been closed.
- No new appeals were received this last month. There are three pending appeals: two are set for hearing tonight, one for a full hearing next month.
IV. Full-hearing on CRC No. 2004-X-003. The appellant was arrested at a protest and alleged that the officers involved used excessive force.
The appellant appeared and was also represented by counsel, who presented a Powerpoint presentation and played videos of the incident for the Committee. Witness Lake Perriguey also appeared on behalf of the appellant. The Bureau’s decision was defended by IAD Captain Schenck and IAD Sergeant Marilyn Donner.
Public comment was provided by Damon Woodcock, Dan Handelman (Copwatch), Diane Lane (Portland Rights Watch), Mike Dee, Leonard Berman, Alan Graf.
After review and discussion of the appeal, Ric Alexander made a motion to send allegations 1 through 4 back for further investigation by IAD, seconded by Irma Valdez. The motion passed by a vote of 6-1.
Yes: Alexander, Eriksson, Miggins, Robison, Smith, Valdez
V. Pre-hearing on CRC 2004-X-005. The appellant was arrested for drinking in public. The appellant alleged that the involved officer used excessive force in taking him into custody. The appellant’s attorney appeared and argued in favor of the granting of a full hearing. The appellant appeared and stated that the officer punched him in the face unnecessarily.
After review and discussion of the appeal, Mr. Eriksson made a motion to decline the appeal, seconded by Ms. Oden-Orr. The motion passed by a vote of 5-2
Yes: Eriksson, Miggins, Oden-Orr, Robison, Smith.
No: Alexander, Valdez.
A training question identified by Mr. Alexander was whether it would be possible to train officers to avoid injury to arrestees when using a take-down technique.
The presentation of policy issues by the City Auditor was postponed until the next meeting due to lack of time.
VII. New Business: The committee discussed the structure of workgroups. Ms. Smith requested that a discussion of outreach be put on the next meeting’s agenda, with action items for discussion. Mr. Alexander requested that the CRC be provided a list of previously identified policy issues.
VIII. Public Comment. Public comment was provided by Diane Lane (Portland Rights Watch), Dan Handelman (Portland Cop Watch), Richard Koenig, Debbie Aiona (League of Women Voters), Freedom Child.
Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.