Members Present: Douglas Wagoner, Joseph Seia, Reverend Harriet Walden (who had to leave after a couple of minutes), Reverend Aaron Williams, Suzette Dickerson, La Rond Baker, Prachi Dave, Erin Goodman, Mark Mullens and Alina Santillan.
Virtual Meeting Highlights
The Commissioners were always courteous with one another. 10). After the Land Acknowledgement, attendance was taken and there was a quorum. The agenda for the meeting was approved as were the minutes for the October 7th meeting.
There was no public input but there was an action item indicating some upcoming meetings with invited members of the public.
Commissioners had been asked to reach out to the community for comments on the current situation in Seattle. Youth groups have been invited to talk to the CPC, and Alina Santillan was trying to determine a time that students would be able to meet with the Commission without interfering with their school day. The same was true of business owners in the affected communities. Erin Goodman was also trying to determine times that would work for them. If there were questions about the budget that lingered after last week’s presentation by the analyst of the SPD budget from the Mayor’s Office, Commissioners were urged to pass them forward to Brandy Grant who would pass them on to the Mayor’s Office.
DOJ/Monitor/City Council/Mayor Updates
There were no updates from the DOJ or the Monitor’s Office.
Newell Aldrich from the City Council said that budget meetings would be held from October 15-21st. They would be identifying issues for discussion and the SPD discussion would be held on 2:00 p.m. on October 20th.
There were no updates from the Mayor’s Office.
There are outstanding Commission seats that need to be filled. They want to consider further applications, and they mentioned that it would be helpful if some Commissioners met with staff to discuss what motivated them to join the CPC and what kind of satisfaction they derived from their service. Reverend Walden, Reverend Williams and Erin Goodman volunteered to meet with staff.
There was discussion of a revision of the bylaws and strategic plan. The search for an Executive Director was also progressing, and it was reported that they were close to having a candidate whose profile they could share.
Defund Working Group
CPC staff member Shayleen Morris and Prachi Dave gave a presentation about considerations in supporting Decriminalize Seattle. They reviewed the CPC discussions over the past few weeks to see if there was a basis for approving the recommendations of Decriminalize Seattle. Issues they considered included
Douglas Wagoner: Don't CPC and OIG already provide oversight of OPA?
The group discussed that it was a good question, and that they should rely on structures already in place. OIG is mandated to provide oversight of OPA. A vote will take place next week on whether to support Decriminalize Seattle.
Another question was asked regarding where SPD should be deployed, and whether issues with SPD were a result of staffing or mismanagement.
Erin Goodman: Suggested getting a report from Police Chief to learn how officers are moved around.
Mark Mullins: Explained that South Precinct officers had been deployed to the North for demonstration prevention, then they returned to the South once there was a shooting or other issue.
Alina Santillan: Police do not prevent crime. What do we mean by public safety practices? It depends where our fear lies. Will more officers prevent crime?
Mark Mullins responded: Some kinds of officers do not, but if they get to know the neighborhood and the people there, then they do prevent crime.
Alina Santillan: What do we mean by safety or public safety? Can we have a deep conversation on that?
Prachi Dave: Asked about a timeline and whether they needed to discuss that prior to making decisions.
La Rond Baker: CPC staff have been helping coordinate with other coalitions and community organizations. There is a CPC meeting with the City Attorney regarding the CPC's authority as well as a strategy discussion meeting on Friday.
Agenda for Next Week:
Prachi Dave: Commissioners who are reaching out, can we meet with community members?
Alina Santillan: Meet after school or after 5:30 for the youth.
Business owners should also be involved in the process, and could fit them into the regular meeting.
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