Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee
June 8, 2000
Approved: July 13, 2000
Citizen Advisors Present: Charles Ford, Presiding; Denise Stone (Vice
Chair); Robert Ueland; Ric Alexander; Shirlie Karl; Robert Wells;; Jose
Martinez, Dapo Sobomehin; Gene Bales; Kitsy Brown Mahoney; Leora Mahoney
Citizen Advisors Absent: Tou Cha; Les Frank
City Staff Present: Capt. Bret Smith, IAD; Sgt. Steve Bottcher, IAD;
Sgt. Suzanne Whisler, IAD; Sgt. Jay Drum, IAD; Commander Findley (Central
Precinct); Michael Hess, PIIAC Examiner; Greg Pluchos (PPA); Tom Mack
Media Present: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch); Janet Marcley-Hayes
(Portland Free Press)
This meeting was held in the Multnomah Arts Center in Southwest Portland.
Vice-chair Denise Stone opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. PIIAC Citizen
Advisors and City Staff introduced themselves.
Mike Hess stated that the minutes of the May 11 meeting were not yet
available for review.
PIIAC #00-08 (IAD #99-094)
PIIAC Examiner Hess stated that the Appellant for this case has called in
stating that he was not feeling well and requested that his case be heard the
PIIAC #00-09 (IAD #00-074)
PIIAC Examiner Hess stated that he had not participated in the review of this
case because the Officer A is a friend of his. Advisor Wells withdrew from the
proceedings because he knew the Appellants.
Advisor Denise Stone presented this case. She stated that the Letter of
Disposition contained incorrect information about the Appellant having had a
conversation with an IAD sergeant. She also stated that the IAD file was lacking
photographs that were mentioned in Officer A’s Incident Report.
After hearing from the Appellant and her sons, the Advisors discussed the
case and voted to accept Miss Stone’s recommendation to return the case to IAD
for investigation. Y = 8 (Ford, Stone, Martinez, Brown-Mahoney, Alexander,
Bales, Sobomehin, Karl);
N = 1 (Ueland). Mahoney did not vote because she arrived late.
Dr. Samuel Walker, Head of the Criminal Justice Department, University of
Nebraska at Omaha, addressed presented a training session regarding police
oversight on the national level and how Portland’s system (PIIAC) compares to
other cities. He stated that this was the first time that he had observed a
PIIAC hearing and that he was greatly impressed with the way PIIAC conducts
public input. He said that he has never seen anything like this in any other
Chairman Ford announced that the next meeting of the PIIAC advisory committee
would be held on July 13, 2000, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of Portland City
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Michael H. Hess, D.D.S.