CRC Members Present: Hank Miggins (Chair), Gwenn Baldwin, Michael Bigham, Loren Eriksson, Marcella Red Thunder, Lewellyn Robison, Jerry Spegman, Bob Ueland, Irma Valdez.
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Michael Hess (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR).
Chair Miggins called the meeting to order at
II. Loren Eriksson moved to approve the 4/19/05 CRC minutes of the CRC meeting with one correction (misspelled name). Bob Ueland seconded the motion. The minutes were approved 7-0, with Chair Miggins abstaining because he did not receive the minutes due to a technical problem with his computer.
[Gwenn Baldwin arrived at this point]
III. Director’s Report
Three requests for appeal have been received. The first was declined because it was a Bureau Initiated Complaint, which is not within the jurisdiction of the CRC. The second appellant has agreed to participate in mediation with the officers in lieu of a hearing. The third request for appeal involves an investigation that resulted in a sustained finding and multiple non-sustained findings. A decision has not been made on the appropriateness of mediation when there is a sustained finding.
Auditor Blackmer suggested that it might be beneficial for CRC members to observe mediations. Michael Bigham, Loren Eriksson, and Marcella Red Thunder volunteered to do so. Director Rosenthal offered the caveat that all parties to a mediation would have to consent to allowing CRC members to be present during the mediation, and confidentiality would be essential.
Since this meeting was being held in a community location, the Director’s report was interrupted at this point to allow for a conversation with community guests attending the meeting. Members of the community who participated in this conversation included the following: Glenn Taylor (Chair of the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association); David Ashton (Editor of the East County News); and Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch)
Director’s report resumed:
Auditor Blackmer is in the process of selecting a new IPR Director. There were 87 initial applicants. After initial screening, 37 were found to be qualified. A committee consisting of the CRC Chair and Vice-chair, Darleane Lemley (League of Women Voters), and the IPR Director and Assistant Director narrowed the list of applicants down to nine applicants, who have been invited to come to Portland for interviews. Auditor Blackmer, Director Rosenthal, the CRC Chair and Vice-chair, and community representatives will conduct the first round of interviews. Three or four finalists will then be interviewed by four separate groups: the IPR staff; CRC and community members; representatives of the Mayor and City Commissioners; and representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Portland Police Association, and the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association. CRC members or members of the public who have any suggestions for interview questions should send their comments to Richard Rosenthal or Pete Sandrock..
The June 21 CRC meeting will include discussion of the Police Bureau’s policies and procedures with regard to permitted and non-permitted protests. Director Rosenthal has invited Chief Foxworth to attend and provide a presentation on this policy issue. CRC members or members of the public who have any specific questions to ask Chief Foxworth about this issue should send their questions in advance to Richard Rosenthal or Mike Hess.
At this point, Gwenn Baldwin stated that she has recently met separately with Auditor Blackmer and Captain Beard of IAD to discuss IAD’s handling of the CRC’s recommendations and questions regarding a hearing held last year involving an anti-war protest. Ms. Baldwin reported that Captain Beard is desirous of maintaining open communication with CRC members. CRC needs to be clear in its questions to IAD so that they can be answered satisfactorily.
Lauri Stewart is preparing foam boards for display during meetings to remind CRC members and the public of the guidelines for working together effectively and pre-hearing and hearing protocols. If CRC members or members of the public have any comments or suggestions about the content of the foam boards, they should contact Lauri Stewart.
IV. Director Rosenthal reviewed the top-ten policy list and asked CRC members if they would like to revise the list or add to it. Michael Bigham suggested adding the Police Bureau’s taser policy to the list. Chair Miggins suggested continuously adding new items to the top-ten list as items are eliminated from the top of list.
V. There was a discussion of the structure of the upcoming CRC interviews with Director finalists. Public comments were received from Debbie Aiona, Darleane Lemley, Glenn Taylor, Marvin Bridgeforth, Etta Tucker, and Dan Handelman.
VI. Protocol clean-up: Director Rosenthal has reviewed all the protocols and attempted to bring them up to date with current practices. The protocol revisions were discussed individually.
Protocol 5.01. Citizen Initiated Complaints. Discussion was postponed.
Protocol 5.02. Bureau Initiated Complaints. Bob Ueland moved to adopt. Irma Valdez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Protocol 5.03. Appeal Procedures. Discussion was postponed.
Protocol 5.05. Guidelines for Declinations of CRC Appeals. Discussion was postponed.
Protocol 5.06. Process for Appointment and Reappointment to CRC and Selection of Officers. Bob Ueland moved to adopt, and Irma Valdez seconded, with the following changes: Add to section 8.a.4 a reference to Protocol 5.07 section 7; add “forward applications of CRC finalists to City Council for their review”; add “advises Chair on agenda” to Vice-chair’s duties. Public comment was received from Dan Handelman and Debbie Aiona. Motion passed unanimously.
Protocol 5.07. Public Comment Protocol. Discussion was postponed.
Protocol 5.08. Service Complaint Protocol. Bob Ueland moved to adopt. Marcella Red Thunder seconded. There was discussion about whether IPR staff should inform complainants at the intake stage that service complaints are not subject to appeal. After further discussion and public comment by Dan Handelman and David Ashton, Mr. Ueland withdrew the motion and further discussion of this protocol was postponed.
Protocols 5.09 (Mediation Program Protocols) and 5.10. (Mediation Program Guidelines). Lewellyn Robison moved to adopt both protocols. Loren Eriksson seconded. During discussion, Bob Ueland suggested that a CRC workgroup be formed to listen to recordings of IPR intake interviews. No one volunteered for this. After public comment by Dan Handelman and Debbie Aiona, the motion passed by a vote of 8-1 (Yes: Bigham, Baldwin, Eriksson, Miggins, Red Thunder, Robison, Spegman, Valdez . No: Ueland.)
Gwenn Baldwin suggested carrying over discussion of all remaining protocolts to another meeting, and all agreed.
VII. New Business. Gwenn Baldwin proposed appointing a “Mediation Review Workgroup” to review a random sample of mediation cases and make suggestions. Gwenn Baldwin, Marcella Red Thunder, and Michael Bigham volunteered to serve on this workgroup.
VIII. Final Public Comments: Glenn Taylor, Dan Handelman.
IX. Wrap-up Comments: Irma Valdez thanked Gwenn Baldwin and Auditor Blackmer for their work to enhance communications with IAD. She suggested that CRC appoint a “point person” whenever there is a communication problem.