The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its monthly meeting on May 12, 2015 at 6:00pm (PCOC Meeting Agenda). The Commission covered a number of interesting topics.
First, OPCR staff presented a general overview of the changes to the Minneapolis Policy and Procedure Manual § 7-1001 Limited English Language Proficiency policy. The updated policy is more comprehensive and includes several key changes. Officers now must provide translation services to Limited English Proficiency citizens through MPD approved translation services, absent an exigent circumstance. Vital documents must be available in the individual’s language, including OPCR complaints. These policy changes will impact the allegations received by OPCR, and PCOC policy discussions in the future. The MPD will be discussing the changes more in-depth at a future PCOC meeting.
Additionally, information presented at last Tuesday night’s meeting cleared the way for the Police Conduct Oversight Commission to continue working on the feedback for the body camera SOPs (standard operation procedures). Legal Analyst Ryan Patrick first covered four pieces of legislation during his legal update for the Commission. Three concerned state mandated policies for Personal Video Recorders (body cameras); all three have been effectively removed from this legislative cycle. Hence, when the MPD decides to fully implement body cameras, they will need to develop their own policy and comply with current data privacy laws. The Commission is currently involved in review of the preliminary Standard Operating Procedures for such body cameras. Mr. Patrick also provided analysis of two recent cases, one from the United States Supreme Court case and the other the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases concerned Terry style stops and demonstrate the relevance and ongoing development of policies considered in the investigatory stop report.
Chair Andrea Brown initiated a discussion on Public Comments. According to Chair Brown, public comments are important. Comments allow the public to have meaningful participation in the oversight process. The current timing of public comments does not allow for effective or efficient comment. Chair Brown proposed comments be moved at the beginning of the meeting, which will allow speakers to hear comments and respond to them. This will increase the meaningfulness of public comment.
Finally, the Commission discussed its monthly committee reports, and case audits. Commissioners selected cases 3, 5, and 9 for next month’s summaries. The next PCOC meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00 PM.