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December 21, 2004

 
Minutes
 Citizen Review Committee
  December 21, 2004
 
Approved January 18, 2005
 
CRC Members Present:  Gwenn Baldwin, Loren Eriksson, Hank Miggins (Chair), Donna Oden-Orr, Lewellyn Robison, Tracy Smith, Irma Valdez
 
Absent: Ric Alexander, Robert Ueland
 
City Staff Present:  Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Michael Hess (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Lillian Dote (IPR); Commissioner Dan Saltzman
 
Portland Police Bureau members present:  Captain Darrel Schenck (IAD) 
 
The meeting was called to order by Chair Miggins at 5:40 p.m.
 
I.     Introductions
 
II.    11/16/04 CRC minutes were approved by a voice vote (Eriksson, Miggins, Robison, and  Smith) with one abstention (Valdez ).  (Baldwin and Oden-Orr arrived following the approval of the minutes.) 
 
III.  Director’s Report (Director Rosenthal)
 
  • Ric Alexander, Gwenn Baldwin, and Lewellyn Robison are completing their terms and will need to be either reappointed or replaced.  In addition, Donna Oden-Orr and Tracy Smith have decided to resign from the CRC due to personal and professional responsibilities.  Mayor Potter, Commissioner Adams & Commissioner Sten will each have the opportunity to recommend a person for CRC.  The City Auditor has appointed a selection committee to review the 29 written applications that have been received.  The selection committee consists of Norm Costa, Sid Lezak, Donna Oden-Orr, Eric Terrell, Toni Jaffe, and the IPR Director.  Three of these committee members will then serve on the interview panel of the finalists.  It is expected that the new members will be confirmed by the February 2005 CRC meeting. 
 
  • There are currently two open appeals, both of which are set for tonight’s meeting as pre-hearings.  One additional case that was appealed was sent back to IAD by the IPR Director for additional investigation.  The re-investigation of the anti-war protest appeal (2004-X-0003) has been completed.  IAD just today received the commander’s findings. CRC will be advised of the findings.  There is a question as to whether there is a right to appeal due to the settlement made in the civil case.  Mr. Rosenthal will be conferring with the CRC about that issue before any final decision is made.
 
  • Captain Schenck will retire on December 31st and the Chief’s Adjutant, Lieutenant Rod Beard, has been promoted and appointed IAD Captain.  Captain Schenck will be entering into a contract with the Police Bureau to coordinate an early warning system strategy.  The Early Warning System revision process will include a multidisciplinary committee, including members of the CRC and other community groups.  IPR has offered to provide whatever clerical and research support is needed.
 
  • The IPR mediation program is now the largest program (per capita) in the nation.  As a result, we need more mediators.  A request for services will be posted on the IPR website tomorrow.  Irma Valdez volunteered to represent the CRC on the mediator selection committee.
 
  • Mr. Miggins and Mr. Rosenthal discussed a new concept involving the creation of a citizen advisory committee, consisting of the CRC and additional representatives from throughout the community, such as persons from the Chief’s Forum, the Chief’s advisory committees, and other interested community members.  This group would meet twice a year, once just after the annual report is released, and six months later in preparation for the next annual report.  Thus, two CRC meetings each year would be dedicated to this larger group advisory function.  Mr. Rosenthal will be asking the CRC/IPR retreat committee to consider placing discussion of this new concept on the retreat agenda. 
 
IV.  Pre-hearing No. 2004-X-0007.  The appellant alleged that officers who arrested her and her companion for interfering used excessive force and were discourteous toward her
 
The appellant was present with her attorney.  After hearing from the appellant’s attorney,  the CRC discussed the appeal.   Irma Valdez made a motion to accept the appeal for a full hearing, seconded by Tracy Smith.  The motion passed by a vote of 6-1.
 
Yes: Baldwin, Eriksson, Miggins, Oden-Orr, Smith, Valdez.
No:  Robison
 
The full hearing will be scheduled to be heard on January 18, 2005.
 
V.  Pre-hearing on CRC 2004-X-0009.  Appellant alleged that officers inappropriately arrested him and used excessive force.  The appellant was present.
 
After hearing from the appellant, the CRC discussed the appeal.  Irma Valdez made a motion to decline the appeal, seconded by Donna Oden-Orr.  The motion passed by a vote of 6-1.
 
Yes: Baldwin, Eriksson, Oden-Orr, Smith, Robison, Valdez.
No:  Miggins
 
VI.              Assistant Director Sandrock presented an overview of the proposed IPR/IAD Case Handling Criteria.  The plan is to put this item on the January 18, 2005 CRC agenda for further discussion and public testimony to be followed by an advisory vote on whether or not to implement the criteria.
 
VII. Public Comments on the proposed IPR/IAD Case Handling Criteria: Richard Koenig, Devra Staneart, Diane Lane , Dan Handelman.
 
VIII.  Discussion of the Training Division presentation made at the November 2004 meeting.  The consensus of the CRC was to hold off on the issue of Crisis Intervention Training and de-escalation and possibly assign this evaluation to the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) for a future evaluation and public report.  A decision was made to move on to the next issue: racially biased policing. 
 
IX.  CRC/IPR Retreat: Gwenn Baldwin reported that the retreat committee (Baldwin, Oden-Orr, Eriksson, and Stewart) has met and recommends that the CRC hold a retreat on Saturday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Several locations are being considered, including KennedySchool , KaiserCommunityBuilding , the Interstate Fire Station, and the City Hall.  Donna Silverberg is recommended to facilitate the retreat.  The recommended retreat agenda will include a warm-up exercise, a listing of parking lot issues for the coming year, revisiting of CRC meeting guidelines, development of benchmarks for CRC success, a conversation about working together more effectively, and an evaluation of the retreat.
 
New Business:  Ric Alexander was unable attend due to an illness in his family.  Bob Ueland was unable to attend due to personal illness.
 
X.  Public Comment:  Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch and Flying Focus Video); Richard Koenig; Diane Lane
 
The meeting was adjourned by Chair Miggins at 8:30 p.m.