PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot

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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Minneapolis Civil Rights Department welcomes Cassidy Gardenier as the Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity

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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 cassidy.gardenier@minneapolismn.gov.

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Deputy Chief Glampe Shares Updates on Body Cameras’ Pilot to the Police Oversight Commission

image1A 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

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“That Racist Name has Got to Go!” – City disapproves of offensive team names

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.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes

Do-n-DontsToday is Halloween and no doubt there will be people out there who are comfortable crossing the line of what is appropriate for a costume. Over the past few days , the web has buzzed over a photo of a child wearing a Ray Rice jersey and dragging a doll that seems to symbolize, Janay Rice, his wife. Okay, we know the story behind this, right? Who hasn’t seen the photo or video of the elevator where Ray struck his then fiancé? She’s left unconscious and splayed partway in the elevator and partway in a public corridor? But as a costume? Really?

It seems that every year, wherever Halloween is celebrated, someone – in an attempt to be new and different and edgy or funny – dons an outfit that insults, denigrates, or just otherwise gets it wrong.

There are some Halloween costumes that are never appropriate. Here are some do’s and don’ts. Know there are many more that probably could be added to this list.

• Don’t paint your face black.
• If you’re not from that culture, don’t wear the clothing.
• Don’t put on an afro wig unless you’re trying to recreate your 1970’s high school yearbook photo.
• If your last hit didn’t go multi-platinum, and you don’t have a wife named Beyonce, don’t try to dress like a rapper.
• Don’t put on an outfit that demeans women, I don’t care how sexy the packaging claims it is.
• Don’t use your kids as props.
• Do remember that people are not costumes.
• Do use your good judgment.

Halloween is an ancient observation to remember the dead. Don’t kill your career. In the era of social media and information in perpetuity -even when not overtly repugnant, a bad costume lives forever. Remember cameras are everywhere and an after work Halloween costume displayed on social media may have implications for your job.

Do have fun and be safe.

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Police Conduct Oversight Commission Celebrates One Year of Operation

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Chief Harteau addressing the PCOC during its regular session on October 14, 2014

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission met on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. representing a full 12 months of operation.

The first item on the agenda was a 2013-2014 report from the Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) by its Chair, Andrea Brown. Chair Brown highlighted the accomplishments of the first year and forecasted work to be done in 2015. For more information, please see the PCOC report online by clicking here.

Next, Chief Janeé Harteau spoke on behalf of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief Harteau discussed the upcoming body camera tests and the development body camera standard operating procedures. The PCOC will receive further updates on the policy in order to provide feedback to MPD. Continue reading

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Apply to serve on an MDCR Commission or Board!

Press ReleaseThe Department is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City by serving on the Minneapolis Commission of Civil Rights, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, and the Police Conduct Review Panel.

All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by October 10, 2014.

Apply Now!

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