Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee
May 11, 2000
Approved: July 13, 2000
Citizen Advisors Present: Charles Ford, Presiding; Denise Stone (Vice
Chair); Robert Ueland; Ric Alexander; Shirlie Karl; Robert Wells; Tou Cha; Les
Frank; Leora Mahoney; Jose Martinez, Dapo Sobomehin
Citizen Advisors Absent: Gene Bales; Kitsy Brown Mahoney
City Staff Present: Capt. Bret Smith, IAD; Sgt. Steve Bottcher, IAD;
Sgt. Suzanne Whisler, IAD; Sgt. Jay Drum, IAD; Michael Hess, PIIAC
Media Present: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch); Janet Marcley-Hayes
(Portland Free Press); Nick Budnick (Willamette Week)
This meeting was held in the Rose Room of the Portland City Hall.
Mr. Ford opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. PIIAC Citizen Advisors and City
Staff introduced themselves.
The minutes of the April 13, 2000, PIIAC meeting were approved as
PIIAC #99-25 (IAD #98-195)
This was a case in which the Appellant had been arrested for criminal
mischief for spitting tobacco juice on a police car. He alleged that the police
officers had used excessive force in arresting him, that they had called him a
"loser," and that they did not return to him a container of
beer that he had in his pocket. The Appellant was not
present. PIIAC Advisors had heard this case in a prior
meeting at which the Appellant had not appeared. Since the Appellant again
failed to appear, the Advisors agreed to close this case with no change to their
previous recommendation to affirm the IAD findings.
PIIAC #00-02 (IAD #99-297)
PIIAC Examiner Hess presented this case. The Appellant alleged that a
Portland Police Officer (Officer A) had perjured himself in a pretrial
disposition and that Officer A exhibited disparate treatment toward the
Appellant based on her physical appearance.
During the discussion following the presentation of the Examiner and that of
the Appellant, Mr. Ueland pointed out that the training issue of how to
transport heavy individuals had been addressed by PIIAC nearly four years ago.
Mr. Ueland suggested that this issue again be followed up on by the Monitoring
A tangential issue brought up in the discussion was an allegation by Officer
A’s ex-girlfriend in a letter to the Appellant that Officer A had abused the Law
Enforcement Data System (LEDS) by conducting a law enforcement check on her (the
ex-girlfriend). The Examiner asked Captain Smith if this should be investigated
as a "bifurcation" of the complaint. Captain Smith replied that the extreme lack
of timeliness (more than three years) and the fact that the allegation was made
by a third party who never made this complaint to IAD would rule out an
investigation at this time.
The Examiner’s recommendation to the Advisors was to affirm IAD’s decision to
decline investigation of this complaint. The Advisors initially voted in favor
of the recommendation. (Y = 6, N =5). However, following the break, Advisor
Sobomehin stated that he had misunderstood the recommendation and that wished to
change his vote. He made a motion to re-evaluate the case. After further
discussion, a new vote was taken, and the majority of the Advisors this time
voted against the recommendation
(Y = 5, N = 6). The case was returned to IAD for investigation.
PIIAC #00-07 (IAD #98-170)
The appellant was not present. Advisor Ric Alexander presented this case, in
which the Appellant alleged that a Portland police officer had used excessive
force in arresting him for what the officer had reason to suspect was a drug
transaction. The advisors voted unanimously to uphold the IAD finding of
"exonerated with debriefing" relative to the use of force. (Y = 11)
Chairman Ford announced that the next meeting of the PIIAC advisory committee
would be held on June 8, 2000, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multnomah Art Center in
Southwest Portland. Ms. Karl made the arrangements for this meeting place.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Michael H. Hess, D.D.S.