Virtual Meeting Highlights:
There were 35 participants in the meeting - including commissioners and staff. No formal time for public comment, but one of the commissioners did response to a chat request. Everyone was respectful, allowed to speak and express diverse opinions, etc. An executive branch budget analyst presented on the mayor’s proposed 2021 budget for SPD. The presentation was clear and all were polite. The presenter accommodated all questions.
New DOJ Monitor Antonio Oftelie was present together with Monisha Harrell who has been appointed as Deputy Monitor. Oftelie expressed their commitment to working with the CPC.
Council will be holding budget meetings Oct. 15 through 21. Council members can bring forward items for discussion, so commissioners are encouraged to reach out and provide input as the councilmembers are deliberating.
CPC received a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed 2021 SPD’ budget from Kara Main-Hester, the budget analyst for SPD’s budget. Here are some highlights (also see Power Point file, below):
Governing Committee: Erin Goodman reported that committee that the City Attorney’s Office is reviewing the revised, proposed CPC by-laws. Committee still working on a Request for Proposals for a Strategic Plan for CPC. Also, a small group met with a search firm regarding an executive director search and they hope to report back on that next week.
Community Outreach: Commissioner said he will update the CPC soon. Next meeting is in 2 weeks.
Defund Workgroup: Esther Lucero, continued the process of collecting information from CPC members who did not provide input at the last meeting. Esther summarized recommendations gathered to date from the CPC.
Commissioners Responses - Summary of views/thoughts, continued…
Officer Mullins (SPD) revisited his question, re training for civilian investigators. Group responded with ideas:
Douglas Wagoner (Communications Lead at the Office of Health and Safe Communities in the Washington State Department of Health) raised an issue about ongoing strategy.
Rev. Williams: Main concern is that funding be directed toward mental health services and that police stick to policing.
In closing Esther Lucero said that the Defund Workgroup will flesh out recommendations and provide to everyone next week, and hopefully commissioners can then vote.
Legislative Committee: Committee is doing a deeper dive into what other priorities CPC can support in addition to those recommendations provided to OIR. Rec’s have been added to the CPC website.
Erin Goodman mentioned that there were several emergencies (shootings and car accidents) requiring a police response in the south end last weekend and that police were responding from all over Seattle. Officer Mullins noted that it is important as the CPC looks at defunding that the that attention is paid to the need for enough officers to guarantee an adequate response.
Reverend Williams asked about CPC membership and it was noted that there are currently 5 vacancies. People can apply online.
Agenda items for future meetings:
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