PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: April Edition

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Chief Harteau addresses the PCOC at their April 14, 2015 meeting.  Photograph courtesy of Ryan Patrick

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its monthly meeting on April 14, 2015 at 6:00pm (PCOC Meeting Agenda). Commission heard four presentations.

Police Chief Janee Harteau was the first presentation. She discussed the Low Level Arrests Analysis, which included MPD Initial Data Assessment for 2009-2014 Crime: Victims, Suspects and Arrests.  She stated officers are in the areas where violent crime occurs, and these geographic areas are where arrests occur.  Chief Harteau noted that MPD meets with the ACLU quarterly to discuss, amongst other topics, how to prevent crime while still building community.  Chief Harteau discussed MPD’s positive contact efforts. MPD’s positive contact with the public increased 46% from last year.

Chief Harteau discussed the MPD’s participation in the Racial Bias Pilot City Initiative. The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is headed up by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Minneapolis was one of six cities selected to be a model city. The goal is to build trust between the community and the police through three areas of concern: procedural justice, preventing bias and reconciliation.

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The Minneapolis Civil Rights Department attends a riveting performance reviewing the life and work of American icon Thurgood Marshall

On Friday March 6, 2015, most of the staff of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department attended a riveting performance reviewing the life and work of American icon Thurgood Marshall.  The performance was absolutely amazing! I was able to spend a relaxing evening in the company of colleagues and friends, and learn much about a most influential man. Perhaps as much as any other single person in the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall impacted rules governing the social order of the United States. His legacy guides the work of a generation of legal professionals and activists who dream of a more just and perfect union.

As lead counsel arguing, and winning, the landmark case of Brown v. the Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall completed a strategy that unfolded across decades and marked the beginning of the end of American racial segregation in its legalized form. Later, as the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court, he left a lasting stamp on a number of social and legal regimes and public policy debates.

The Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis took head-on the task of teaching the life and legacy of Thurgood Marshall through artistic expression and re-enactment. More specifically, actor James Craven gave a tour-de-force two hours, one man performance as the title character re-counting Thurgood Marshall’s crowning achievements. Mr. Craven’s ability to single-handedly captivate an audience for so long paid great tribute not only to the source material but also his own impressive charisma and wisdom.

As a civil rights attorney, I enjoyed the legal review of significant cases explained in chronological order. As a human being, I left the Illusion Theater that evening freshly re-invigorated and reminded that Thurgood Marshall fought for my soul. He swayed the worldview and racial attitudes of my grandparents, parents, and children. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice and contribution Mr. Marshall. I promise that the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights will continue to honor your vision.

– Brian Walsh

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PCOC and OPCR: Complaints Are An Important First Step For Change


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).


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 Sarah Pherson, Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR



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Include Us In Your Inclusion Efforts

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights partnered with Minnesota Department of Human Rights, St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as exhibitors in the 2015 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference. MDCR representatives were able to engage conference participants in quality conversations regarding workplace diversity.worplace inclusiontableall in

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: March Edition

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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.

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 Sarah Pherson- Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: February Edition

Deputy Chief Kris Arneson addresses the PCOC

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) .

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 Sarah Pherson- Intake Investigator & Special Projects, OPCR

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