CRC Members Present: Hank Miggins (Chair), Gwenn Baldwin, Michael Bigham, Loren Eriksson, Marcella Red Thunder, Jerry Spegman, Bob Ueland, Irma Valdez.
CRC Member Absent: Lewellyn Robison
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Pete Sandrock (IPR), Michael Hess (IPR), Lauri Stewart (IPR), Linly Rees (City Attorney’s Office), Captain Rod Beard (IAD), Lieutenant Jay Drum (IAD), A/Chief Stan Grubbs, Commander Dave Benson (Central Precinct); also attending was Leslie Stevens, the newly selected successor to Director Rosenthal.
Chair Miggins called the meeting to order at
II. The 5/17/05 CRC minutes were approved.
III. Director’s Report
Lauri Stewart has prepared informational foam boards for display at CRC meetings as suggested at the CRC/IPR retreat.
The Police Bureau is currently reviewing the 2005 PARC report on shootings and deaths in custody.
Deputy Director Hess is in the process of conducting intake investigations on all tort claims involving possible police misconduct.
The appellant and officers for Appeal No. 2005-X-0002 have accepted mediation in lieu of a hearing.
One of the IPR mediators has been asked to observe this meeting and to provide feedback and suggestions for improving the meeting process.
Director Rosenthal suggested canceling the July meeting and scheduling the next appeal hearing for the August meeting (if tonight’s pre-hearing resulted in a full hearing). Loren Eriksson stated that he will not be available for the July meeting. Gwenn Baldwin suggested holding a shorter than usual July meeting and using the meeting as an opportunity to do a follow-up on the retreat. Irma Valdez, Marcella Red Thunder, and Hank Miggins supported holding the July meeting. A decision was made to go forward with the July meeting.
IV. A/Chief Stan Grubbs, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Operations Branch Manager, and Commander Dave Benson, Central Precinct, presented a report on PPB policies and tactics with regard to permitted and non-permitted protests. A/Chief Grubbs identified significant improvements in communication (collaboration between police and community), outreach, planning, training, and community support. The difference in tactics between crowd control and crowd management was explained.
A/Chief Grubbs and Commander Benson accepted questions and comments from the CRC and IPR and public comments. Bob Ueland asked what is being done to ensure that officers wear identification nametags. A/Chief Grubbs responded that all PPB officers are required to wear nametags. PPB requests that other agencies wear name tags. They cannot be forced to comply, but most agencies are cooperative. Gwenn Baldwin asked what improvements have been made since the 2000 May Day event. A/Chief Grubbs and Commander Benson reiterated that there have been major improvements, especially with respect to collaborative efforts between the police, the community, and event organizers. Bob Ueland expressed a desire for CRC members to be allowed to participate in tactical training events, as has been done in the past. In response to a question from Director Rosenthal, A/Chief Grubbs stated that there have been no updated PPB policy changes regarding protests, nor are there any plans at this time to change the current policy.
Public comments were provided by Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch), Dave Fidanke (ACLU), Richard Koenig, Harry Williams (NorthwestConstitutionalRightsCenter ), and Aaron Varhola.
V. Appeal 2005-X-0003. The appellant alleged that a PPB detective used excessive force in arresting her ex-boyfriend and made demeaning and threatening comments. The appellant was present for the pre-hearing. After a brief presentation by the appellant and subsequent discussion, Gwenn Baldwin made a motion to have a full hearing in August. Marcella Red Thunder seconded the motion. The motion carried 7-1.
Yes: Baldwin, Bigham, Eriksson, Miggins, Red Thunder, Spegman, Valdez
VI. There was a follow-up discussion of Mediation Protocol No. 5.09 (revised 6/7/05) and Service Complaint Protocol No. 5.08 (revised 6/7/05) After discussion of the Mediation Protocol, there was general agreement among CRC members that if there is an appeal of a case involving both sustained and non-sustained findings, the sustained findings should be separated out and not subject to mediation. There was no motion to this effect since the CRC was acting only in an advisory capacity on this matter.
After discussion of the revised Service Complaint Protocol and public comment by Dan Handelman, Richard Koenig, and Freedom Child, Bob Ueland made a motion to adopt the protocol as written with the deletion of the second sentence in section 3. (The sentence proposed for deletion reads: “If the IAD Captain concludes that a complaint should best be handled as a service complaint, and the complainant is not in favor of handling the complaint as a service complaint, then the IAD Captain will confer with the IPR Director before assigning the case for resolution.” Loren Eriksson seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-3.
Yes: Bigham, Eriksson, Miggins, Spegman, Ueland
No: Baldwin, Red Thunder, Valdez
VII. There was a follow-up discussion on policy reviews. Director Rosenthal suggested that the next IPR policy reviews should be of PPB’s tow policy and protest policy including best practice reviews. Chair Miggins expressed a desire to further examine racial profiling; Bob Ueland recommended following up on the Early Intervention System. Gwenn Baldwin suggested scheduling further discussion of policy issues at the July CRC meeting.
VIII. Workgroup Reports: Bob Ueland, Chair of the Appeals Work Group, asked for time at the July CRC meeting to present the recommendations of this work group. Gwenn Baldwin reported that the Retreat Follow-up Work Group has completed its work.
IX. Final Public Comments: Dan Handelman, Richard Koenig, and Freedom Child