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"Independent" Police Review Division community outreach forum

The City Auditor's Independent Police Review IPR) is facilitating a series
of police accountability discussions on the last Wednesday of every month
in community centers around the city for the next four months. These
sessions are open to everyone. The purpose of these information sessions
is to create a supportive space for community to provide feedback on
police accountability, propose changes, as well as learn about IPR's
complaint handling process.
Wednesday, May 27 FORUM

The "Independent" Police Review Division is putting on a community
outreach forum next Wednesday, May 27, which is scheduled to last 2 hours,
with the first hour being the Auditor and IPR explaining (their
perspectives) on how the IPR was created and what it does (not sure if the
Citizen Review Committee will be presenting on their own behalf), and the
second hour for your feedback. That part, according to the IPR at the last
COAB meeting, is supposed to be for the community to tell the powers that
be what kind of review system they would like to see. There are so many
things going on with the DOJ Agreement up and running, but it does seem
this could be a valuable discussion.

The Auditor seems open to ideas on
how to improve the system, but just wants to make sure there's support for
them before presenting them to Council. We've mentioned many times just
some of the things that could be improved (allowing misconduct
victims/survivors to attend Police Review board hearings, allowing
shooting victims/survivors to appeal findings about appropriateness of
police actions, giving IPR the power to compel officer testimony so we can
stop putting the word "independent" in quotes, having the CRC made
decisions based on the preponderance of the evidence instead of deferring
to a police supervisor's decision, etc.).

The IPR's full announcement can be found at the bottom of this email. If
you can't go this month, they say they're doing this on the last
Wednesdays of June, July and August as well.

Meanwhile, the location has been set for the Community Oversight Advisory
Board meeting/community forum next THURSDAY, May 28, so it's a back to
back adventure for those who want to attend both. I've included last
week's email as a refresher, this is the forum to comment on the first
Quarterly Report by the Compliance Officer for the DOJ Agreement. I've now
read the entire 90-something page document and will be sending out
comments tomorrow.

The COAB meeting is scheduled to be 3 hours long, with the community
input section running for one hour-- but we still don't know when
that will start. Here's the location info:

Town Hall/COAB Meeting details:
Thursday, May 28
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Moriarty Auditorium - PCC Cascade Campus
705 N Killingsworth

Transit and Parking:
Trimet: Bus 4 & 72. MAX Yellow Line
PCC Cascade parking page: [34] http://www.pcc.edu/resources/parking/
PCC Cascade map: [35] http://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/map/#ca

The Moriarty Auditorium building is located at the corner of N.
Killingsworth and N. Albina, and the entrance to the underground
parking lot is on N. Mississippi just north of Killingsworth.

Child care provided.

To help ensure equal access to our programs, services, and activities,
the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL) will reasonably modify
policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons
with disabilities. If there are ways we can help you more fully
participate in this process, please contact Brad Taylor at
503-823-2031 or  brad.a.taylor@portlandoregon.gov.

Share with your contacts as you see fit...
dan h
--Portland Copwatch

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Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 14:19:48
From: Portland Copwatch < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
Subject: INFO/Forum: First report on Compliance with DOJ Agreement-forum 5/28

Greetings

Last night the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (Dennis Rosenbaum of
Chicago) released the draft of his first quarterly report on the City's
compliance with the US Dept of Justice Settlement Agreement. The report is
over 90 pages long and can be found here:

 link to cocl-coab.com

They're inviting feedback, due by 5 PM Saturday June 13, in three ways:
--at the COCL/COAB website, which requires you to register online before you
can post:  http://cocl-coab.com/forum
--by mail, to "Quarterly Report Comments, 421 SW 6th #500, Portland OR 97204"
(this is the address for the Office of Equity and Human Rights);
--by email to Rosenbaum and company at  rosnbaumandwatsonllp@gmail.com .

Only the first, I think, will get your comments to the 15-member Community
Oversight Advisory Board, which according to Rosenbaum's slide show at
last night's COAB meeting is supposed to be the conduit of information
between the community and the COCL.

There's also going to be a public forum at the next COAB meeting on
Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 PM (location TBA), to take feedback on the
report. Unfortunately there's so much business for COAB to take care of, I
fear the community will have an hour or less on the 3-hour agenda.

I've only read the first 25 pages of the report, but was struck by how
little it emphasizes not using force-- the summary of the Use of Force
section only talks about data collection, for instance. There are also
several incorrect statements (not surprisingly, around the Police Review
Board and CRC), a way-overstatement of the usefulness of the Training
Advisory Council (which in my opinion has been all but useless and has now
scheduled their meetings to conflict with COAB meetings), and repeated
put-downs of the COAB as a community body.

Specifically, on page 8 Rosenbaum wrote: "There has also been considerable
pressure on COAB members from outside groups to pursue an activist
approach to police reform, versus a collaborative partnership model." If
the COAB is supposedly made up of community representatives, and is
supposed to be hearing from the community about concerns, it's really
offensive for Dr Rosenbaum to keep putting in stuff about "outsiders" who
talk to the COAB.

Also:
--he used the term "minority communities" a few times when the COAB gave
him better language than that for use in their bylaws ("marginalized
populations");
--he recommends that the PPB should move forward with the body camera
program, even though the COAB has not weighed in on this idea and it's not
part of the Agreement; and
--he is very dismissive of the City Auditor's report that came out in
February showing weaknesses of the Training Division.

We'll have a much more comprehensive analysis soon.

dan handelman
--Portland Copwatch

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Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 15:38:54
From: Independent Police Review < ipr@portlandoregon.gov>
Subject: Press Release: City Auditor's Independent Police Review
Information and Community Engagement Session


City of Portland, Independent Police Review

City Auditor's Independent Police Review Information and Community
Engagement Session
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Portland Building, Room C (2nd floor)
1120 SW 5th Ave.

The City Auditor's Independent Police Review IPR) is facilitating a series
of police accountability discussions on the last Wednesday of every month
in community centers around the city for the next four months. These
sessions are open to everyone. The purpose of these information sessions
is to create a supportive space for community to provide feedback on
police accountability, propose changes, as well as learn about IPR's
complaint handling process.

Agenda

5:30pm Coffee and networking (light refreshment served)

5:45pm Introductions and meeting agreements

* Auditor

* Overview of the powers and duties of the independently elected City
Auditor in all City of Portland bureaus including the Independent Police
Review

* Independent Police Review

* The formation, history, structure, and the powers and duties of IPR

* Overview of the IPR complaint-handling process

* Citizen Review Committee

* Powers, duties, responsibilities, appeals process, and community
engagement

6:30pm - 7:30pm Public feedback and Questions


A request for an interpreter or assisted listening device for the hearing
impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should
be made prior to the meeting-please call the IPR main line 823-0146 (or
TYY 503-823-6868).

Visit the website for more information regarding the Independent Police
Review division, Citizen Review Committee, protocols, CRC meeting
schedules, and approved minutes: www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/ipr

1221 SW 4th Ave #140 | Portland, OR 97204 US