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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Deputy Chief Glampe Updates the City Council’s Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee on the Body Camera Program

Deputy Chief Glampe speaks at a PCOC meeting.

Deputy Chief Glampe speaks at a PCOC meeting.

Deputy Chief Glampe presented Wednesday on progress made toward body camera implementation in the Minneapolis Police Department to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee.  In his presentation, Glampe discussed the pilot program in which officers reported having positive experiences using the cameras, and demonstrated the important footage body cameras can capture, such as an officer administering CPR to save a life.  The Deputy Chief also reiterated the Department’s aim to roll out the larger body camera program by March 2016 and incorporate recommendations from the PCOC in that roll out. For further details, see an article on the presentation in The Journal.

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: July Edition

A slide from Director Browne's presentation debunking common misconceptions of the OPCR process.

A slide from the presentation debunking common misconceptions of the OPCR process.

On July 14, 2015, the PCOC held its monthly meeting.  Due to Commissioner absences, quorum was not attained at the meeting and as such, the Commission was not able to make formal decisions as a body.  The Commission was still able to hear public comments and informational presentations. Those presentations included a staff update on the Body Camera Research and Study project, a demonstration of body camera footage, an overview of the OPCR recently released quarterly report, a presentation debunking some of the common misconceptions regrading OPCR data, and an update from the PCOC Outreach Committee.

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PCOC Continues to Collect Community Input on Body Cameras with the Second of Three Community Listening Sessions

Community member speaks to the Police Conduct Oversight Commissioners

Community member speaks to the Police Conduct Oversight Commissioners

The second of three community listening sessions on the implementation of body cameras in the Minneapolis Police Department took place this past Saturday, July 11th, at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.  Community attendance was strong, with 14 community members sharing their thoughts and recommendations with the Commission.

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PCOC’s UPDATED Body Camera Video Presentation

Check out the video the PCOC showed this morning at the second community Listening Session on body cameras. The video has real body camera footage from the Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera pilot program, and policy topics and questions about body camera use and implementation.

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