PCOC Commissioner Adriana Cerrillo and Vice Chair Jennifer Singleton attend the 2015 Community Connections event. Photo courtesy of Michael Browne.
The Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC website) in conjuncture with the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR website) participated in the 2015 Community Connections Conference (website) on Saturday, March 21st. Commissioners and OPCR staff spoke with numerous community members about the importance of the complaint process (Complaint process prezi).
“If someone experiences or witnesses police misconduct, it’s important that he or she files a complaint, “said Vice Chair Jennifer Singleton. “Doing so not only allows the specific misconduct to be addressed, but also enables the PCOC to identify patterns and trends in the types of complaints that are filed and recommend appropriate policy and training changes. Filing a complaint is often the first step in creating change for the broader community.” Complaints can be filed at the OPCR office, through the mail, and online (OPCR online complaint form).
Sarah Pherson, Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR
March 10, 2015 Police Conduct Oversight Commission Meeting. Photo courtesy of Ryan Patrick.
The Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC Meeting Agenda) held its monthly meeting on March 10th at 6:00pm. Vice Chair Jennifer Singleton proposed three key motions furthering PCOC’s policy study and community outreach efforts.
The first motion was a request to examine the MPD’s practices in recording and reporting suspicious person stops in accordance with the methodology (OPCR methodology prezi) presented by OPCR at the meeting.
The PCOC took steps to increase its involvement with MPD and its OJP recommendations. During the meeting Public Information Officer Scott Seroka presented about the OJP Communications Committee (OJP Communications Committee Presentation), and some of its initiatives. Mr. Seroka invited members of the PCOC to be involved with a video of the oversight process the Committee is producing. Vice Chair Singleton motioned for PCOC to become involved with the initiative, and it was approved by the PCOC. Production of the video should occur within the next 4-6 weeks.
The PCOC will continue its community outreach efforts by participating in the 2015 Community Connections Conference (website). Commissioner Singleton motioned that the PCOC staff an exhibit at the event. The motion was approved by the PCOC. Community members will have the opportunity to speak with several Commissioners at the event on March 21st from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Convention Center.
The meeting also had a presentation about the history of civilian oversight in Minneapolis, discussed case summaries (case summaries 4, 7, and 8), and selected cases to discuss at the April meeting. The meeting concluded with public comment. The next PCOC meeting will be held April 14th at 6:00 pm.
Sarah Pherson- Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR
Deputy Chief Kris Arneson addresses the PCOC
On February 10, 2015 (Feb. 10, 2014 Meeting Agenda), the Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) (PCOC Website) held its 2nd meeting of 2015. The meeting highlighted important reasearch and committee initiatives.
Commissioner Jennifer Singleton motioned for research and study of MPD’s use of “stop and frisk.” The motion directs the Policy and Procedure Committee to establish a methodology for studying “stop and frisks.”
The PCOC appointed new members to the Outreach (Outreach Committee Website) and Policy and Procedure (Policy and Procedure Committee Website) committees. Commissioner Laura Westphal was appointed to the Outreach and Policy and Procedure committees. Commissioner Adriana Cerrillo was appointed to the Outreach Committee.
The Policy and Procedure Committee provided a chair report. According to Chair Andrew Buss, the Police and Procedure Committee is working on doing a pre-recorded training about cultural awareness. The Policy and Procedure Committee will be responsible for reviewing two case summaries the PCOC reviewed during the February meeting.
Deputy Chief Kris Arneson, co-chair of the OJP steering committee, spoke to the PCOC about the sub-committees (OJP Steering Committee Sub-Committees document) . Members from the community and the PCOC were invited to participate in the committees. Commander Case gave the PCOC an overview of MPD 2.0 (MPD 2.0 Culture of Accountability Presentation) .
Sarah Pherson- Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR
The Minneapolis Civil Rights Department is pleased to announce that Cassidy Gardenier will be joining the department as the Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity. Ms. Gardenier has served as a Business Process and Data Analyst in the City Coordinator’s Office, involved in a variety of projects, most notably in leading the City in the development of its four-year strategic planning process and in the creation of the City’s goals and values that guide the City’s work. Her work managing the City’s performance management program, “Results Minneapolis,” provides her with a necessarily wide scope of departmental knowledge, goals, and strategies.
Ms. Gardenier also lent her analytical skills to the City’s work with many community partners on the extensive application for a Promise Zone designation, as well as helped shape the Minneapolis Innovation Team Grant, earning the City a $2.7 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to ensure equitable City services throughout Minneapolis, all within her first few years in the City.
Prior to coming to the City, Ms. Gardenier worked as the VP of the Young Progressive Majority where she engaged new and young voters to participate in the political process through voting and activism. Her work at YPM, in combination with her time spent as a program coordinator serving people with disabilities, reinforce that she is a great fit for the job as Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity.
Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Ms. Gardenier this way, “Cassidy is going to be great and do great things in her new role leading Employment Equity because she is passionate about Equity and it shows through both her words and her previous work. She has demonstrated over and over again that she uses her talents and intelligence to get results. Her energy is exactly what we need right now to take the work of the Employment Equity Division to the next level. I am extremely pleased that she will be joining our leadership team!”
Cassidy may be reached at (612) 673-3054 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full picture of the MPD body camera program has yet to develop in its one month of testing. However, Deputy Chief Travis Glampe shared with the Police Conduct Oversight Commission some insights learned so far into challenges of using body cameras (KARE 11.com). Technical issues present the most common challenge, such as uploading the video to the server. Camera placement on the officer presents a challenge, more commonly with chest mounted than eyeglass cameras. For example, a chest mounted camera can be angled so that footage only captures from the chest down. The department also has yet to test the cameras during the truly frigid moments of a Minnesota winter. Continue reading
On Sunday, November 2nd, more than 3,500 people gathered at the Tribal Nations Plaza just outside of TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota to protest the mascot name and imagery of the Washington NFL team. Community members marched with signs reading “No Honor in Racism” and “We are People, Not Mascots” to the stadium. There, a rally followed, featuring such speakers as Clyde Bellecourt, White Earth Ojibwe activist, and Minneapolis leaders like Mayor Betsy Hodges, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and former Governor Jesse Ventura. Members of the MDCR team in attendance at the rally included Director Velma Korbel and intern Luna Allen-Bakerian. This demonstration was a testament to a strong anti-racist sentiment in the Twin Cities, and was reiterated the week prior, when the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and Mayor Hodges released a resolution (Mascot Resolution) stating opposition to the use of offensive Native American team names and logos within the city of Minneapolis.