Congratulations Ryan Patrick, new Police Conduct Operations Supervisor

Legal Analyst Ryan Patrick presenting the Investigatory Stop data.

Ryan Patrick presenting the Investigatory Stop data.

Ryan Patrick has been named the new Police Conduct Operations Supervisor.

In the past year, we have experienced the work of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission growing as it takes ownership of the police conduct policy work in the City enterprise as envisioned by the Police Conduct Oversight ordinance.  Whether it has been the work around cultural awareness, coaching, investigative stops or body worn cameras, the needs of the Commission have grown and Ryan has been at the center, ready and willing to serve the Commission, the Police Department and the City.

It is for this reason that in the civilian unit, we have reorganized and created the OPCR Analysis Team with Ryan Patrick leading the group as the Project Coordinator (Supervisor).  His work group will consist of the Committee Clerk, Intake/Special Projects, Law Clerks, and a future legal analyst.

His team will focus on the development and administration of major projects, primarily related to the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, as well as OPCR data analytics and interdepartmental projects.

Congratulations Ryan!

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PCOC attends Franklin Avenue Open Streets Event

Commissioners Andrew Buss and Adriana Cerrillo attend the Open Streets event on August 16th. Pictured with the Commissioners are Third Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan, and MPD Officers.

Commissioners Andrew Buss and Adriana Cerrillo attend the Open Streets event on August 16th. Pictured with the Commissioners are Third Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan, and MPD Officers.

On Sunday, August 16th, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission participated in the Open Streets event on Franklin Avenue. Commissioners interacted with community members, and the MPD during this day-long event designed to promote “healthy living,

Commissioners and MPD Officers participated in the Franklin Avenue Open Streets event.

The PCOC and MPD Officers at the Franklin Avenue Open Streets event.

local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride in Minneapolis.” The PCOC will attend the next Open Streets event downtown on Sunday, August 23rd.

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: August Edition

ACLU staff members present to the PCOC at the August monthly meeting

ACLU staff members Theresa Nelson and Jana Kooren present to the PCOC at the August monthly meeting

On August 11, 2015 the PCOC held its monthly meeting.  Highlights of the meeting included a presentation from the ACLU on their recent Minneapolis Case Study on racial disparities in low level arrests and data on arrests in Minneapolis classified as “doesn’t fit any crime”, a policy and legal update from PCOC staff, updates from the Policy and Procedure and Outreach Committees and case discussions. Continue reading

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ACLU to Present Their Minneapolis Case Study at PCOC Meeting Tomorrow

ACLU study to be presented to the PCOC.

ACLU study to be presented to the PCOC.

The PCOC is pleased to announce that ACLU representatives will be presenting their recently completed publication, Picking Up the Pieces: A Minneapolis Case Study at the regularly scheduled PCOC monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday August 11, at 6:00pm in room 241 of City Hall.  This study looks at data from January 2012 to September 2014, and analysed low level arrests, finding that Black community members were 8.7 times more likely, and Native American community members 8.6 times more likely than whites to be arrested in low-level arrests.  All are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear the presentation, and read the study on this very important issue.  The PCOC meeting agenda can be found here.   Continue reading

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Shooting Death in Cincinnati Demonstrates the Importance of Body Cameras

Commissioners at the third listening session on body camera implementation in the Minneapolis Police Department.

Police Conduct Oversight Commissioners at the third listening session on body camera implementation in the Minneapolis Police Department.

On July 19th, 2015, Cincinnati community member Samuel DuBose was pulled over for not having a front license plate on his vehicle.  The University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him was Ray Tensing. When interacting with Officer Tensing following the stop, DuBose did not produce a license and the two exchanged words.  DuBose started the ignition of his vehicle and Officer Tensing shot DuBose in the head, killing him. Continue reading

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A Successful Third Session and A Thank You to All Who Provided Input on Body Cameras to the PCOC

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At the close of the third and final listening session on body camera implementation in the MPD this past Saturday, the PCOC would like to thank all those members of the public who participated by attending the sessions and providing community input. Your attendance and shared opinions demonstrate truly participatory civilian oversight of law enforcement. The Commission appreciates your time and willingness to engage in dialogue on such an important issue. Continue reading

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PCOC Seeks Public Input on Body Cameras– Third and Final Listening Session This Saturday!

2015-07-25 Listening Session Final Flyer-page-001 (1)This Saturday, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission will hold its last of three listening session on the use of police body cameras in Minneapolis prior to the rollout of the program in 2016. The Commission held its first session on Saturday June 27th at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and its second at on Saturday July 11th at Sabathani Community Center. Both previous sessions had substantial community attendance, and community members were able to share their thoughts, experiences and opinions on body camera implementation with the Commissioners.

The third listening session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday July 25th at the Minneapolis Adult Education Center, Room 140, 2125 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409.

As with both previous sessions, all are encouraged to attend. The key topics covered will be the activation of body cameras, deactivation of cameras, restrictions on camera use, notification of recording, and viewing recordings.

Following this final listening session, the Commission will compile a final report synthesizing public comment with best practices research to formulate recommendations on body camera policy to be submitted to the Chief of Police.  That report and recommendations therein will be presented at the monthly Commission meeting scheduled for September 8, 2015 and open to the public.

For those unable to attend this final listening session, community comments on the Minneapolis Police Department’s implementation of body cameras can still be submitted to the Commission via email at pcoc@minneapolismn.gov.

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