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.
The OPCR’s Minnesota Justice Foundation Law Clerk, Kaela McConnon, presented a staff update on the Body Camera Research and Study that was undertaken at the previous Commission meeting in June. The project includes researching best practices which is currently underway, and conducting three community listening session, two of which have already taken place. The final report will synthesize the information gathered from both sources into policy recommendations to be made to the Minneapolis Police Department. A presentation of the final report to the PCOC is scheduled for the September 8th Commission Meeting, and the Commission will consider adopting the report and forwarding the recommendations contained therein to the Chief of Police.
On behalf of Deputy Chief Glampe, Commander Granger presented body camera footage to the Commission in order to further Commissioners’ understanding of what said footage will look like. Footage showed included officers’ response to a noise complaint, an officer conducting a traffic stop, and officers responding to an intoxicated individual. Following the footage, Commander Granger took questions from Commissioners on the technical functions of body cameras. Commander Granger also informed the Commission that a recent change had been made to the current Standard Operating Procedure on body camera use, requiring officers to activate their body cameras when transporting an individual in a squad car.
Next, OPCR Director Michael Browne presented the second quarter data report on the work of the OPCR. Data presented included current open cases, case processing time, and discipline issued during the quarter.
Director Browne made an additional presentation debunking common misconceptions regarding data on the OPCR process. See the presentation here. Read more about the OPCR response to such misconceptions in a recent blog post.
Following these two presentations, Commissioner Singleton updated her fellow Commissioners on the activities of the PCOC Outreach Committee. She announced an poverty simulation event that she and other Commissioners plan to take part in next Tuesday, July 21 at 4:30pm at the Metropolitan State University Law Enforcement Center (1st floor), 9110 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. All are encouraged to attend.
Due to the lack of quorum, the Commission was unable to discuss its monthly committee reports, and case audits. The next PCOC meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00 PM.