Virtual Meeting Highlights:
There were 30+ participants in the meeting - including commissioners and staff. The League Observer heard from commissioners and staff only and there did not appear to be formal time for public comment. CPC commissioners and staff were respectful and allowed to speak and express diverse opinions.
The CPC received several written public comments during the last week. A sampling:
Action Items Review
None, but the Observer allowed she may have missed something. The group mentioned something had been filed with the King County Police Officer's Association, but it was not clear what they were referencing.
DOJ/Monitor/City Council/Mayor Updates
- DOJ, no update
- Monitor, no one present;
- Council, no one present;
- Mayor's Office - A representative was present and noted that on 8/21/20 the mayor vetoed the rebalancing budget amendment passed by the City Council for 3 reasons:
One commissioner (from the public defender association) asked what subcommittees might need in terms of legal support and noted that there are attorneys that are willing to work with the commissioners pro bono. They are open to thoughts and ideas from the Commission.
Governance Committee - Met on 8/21/20. Committee is doing a deep dive into the CPC bylaws, attempting to cover all eventualities. The committee is meeting weekly and will soon have a draft of the revised bylaws.
Demonstration/Defund work group.
Legislative agenda and police accountability work group. They are working with the WA State ACLU and the Washington Coalition [unintelligible - perhaps the WA Coalition on Police Accountability] regarding use of force issues and collective bargaining and I-940.
Presentation/Discussion on CPC External Communications
CPC staff presented a PowerPoint on CPC‘s current external communication process with the media, social media and in response to direct contacts.
In sum, the co-chairs are the official spokespeople to the media, the views they provide must be the views of the majority of the CPC commission. The executive director and staff can handle social media, blog posts, etc. Individual commission members are free to voice opinions as long as they are clear they aren’t speaking on behalf of the CPC.
Later in the meeting, concerns were voiced that co-chairs might be inadvertently misrepresenting the collective CPC stance. The governance committee said that the changed bylaws will clarify. Also, reiterated was the CPC’s limitation regarding talking about specific cases of misconduct. They don’t have access to any non-public information. They can only discuss systemic issues related to misconduct.
In general, there are many challenges facing the CPC. Staffing is down, the number of issues the CPC is working on has expanded greatly this year and the CPC is regularly asked to respond rapidly to questions/issues which requires getting a consensus from 21 commission members.
Agenda items for the next meeting. They will have a response to the public comments. Also in this context was a question about SPOG contract talks. Mayor’s staff said that pre-negotiations are happening. CPC wants to know the city's plan for working with the CPC on contract negotiations, emphasizing that the CPC needs to have a seat at the table.
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