Members Present: Douglas Wagoner, Joseph Seia, Reverend Harriet Walden, Suzette Dickerson, La Rond Baker, Prachi Dave, Scott Bachler, Emma Catague, Colleen Echohawk, Monisha Harrell, Esther Lucero, Mark Mullens, Alina Santillan .
Members Absent: Erin Goodman, Reverend Aaron Williams
Virtual Meeting Highlights
All Commissioners were attentive, courteous and prepared. There was no public input.
Action Item Updates
They announced that a letter had been sent to the City Attorney to withdraw the office’s attempt to subpoena journalists’ records.
They also have made recommendations to the City Council regarding crowd control during demonstrations.
They also mentioned that the CPC submitted its resolution about Mi’ Chance Dunlap-Gittens to the appropriate body
Updates from DOJ, Monitor, Council, Mayor
There were no updates from the DOJ or the City Monitor or the Council or the Mayor’s Office, although Austin Miller of the Mayor’s office thanked them for their work, and later Ron Miller, a Monitor, asked for copies of the minutes from prior meetings.
Reverend Walden thanks those who participated in the sub-committees for all their work on the above resolutions and asked for more members to participate in those committees.
Governance Committee: they have been moving on the revisions of the Commission’s bylaws and the effort to hire a permanent executive director of the Commission.
Demonstration and Defund Committees: Nick Christian updated on whether the Demonstration Management Committee would be joining the Defund committee. The response was they are being asked to join up.
Shayleen Morris gave an update from Defund Seattle Police. She was asking for more community input and for members of the Commission to join in.
Legislative Agenda and Police Accountability Work Groups: The State Legislative Agenda committee and the City Police Accountability and Contracts committee will meet further today.
Other Commission Business
An Ordinance Report has been concluded, so the staff now has more time to work on other matters.
Brandy Grant, the interim Executive Director, asked that the Commissioners head up this work instead of having the staff do it, and to use the staff as back up for the Commissioners.
Reverend Walden asked about whether the Commission wanted to continue to meet weekly instead of their usual bi-weekly schedule. Colleen Echohawk said that she liked the weekly meetings during these difficult times. Joseph Saia agreed that they are helpful, as did Alina Santillan.
Esther Lucero also supported meeting weekly and asked that information from the Committees’ work be made more a part of those meetings. She asked for more reports from there Work Groups for all the Commissioners to discuss. Prachi Dave agreed that it was a good idea.
The Commission then withdrew into Executive Session at 9:45 until 10:20 to discuss upcoming or current litigation.
The motion was carried for the filing by the Commission on the upcoming matter under litigation. All were in favor e with two abstentions: Officers Mullens and Bachler. The substance of the motion was not made public.