Virtual Meeting Highlights:
There were 30+ participants in the meeting, including commissioners and staff. As far the League Observer could tell only commissioners and staff spoke and there was no formal time for public comment. Everyone was respectful, allowed to speak and express diverse opinions. Several subcommittees which are meeting regularly provided a status summaries.
Demonstration Management Committee: Committee members attended a demonstration of police tactics by SPD learning the difference between projectiles, tazers, choke holds and cross face holds, etc. They also met with Chief Best and had a productive meeting. Committee will have a draft crowd control weapons bill for commissioners next week.
Legislative Committee: Now combined with Accountability Committee meeting (8/5/20).
Defund and Reinvest Committee: Committee continues to meet, still working on a platform and will bring to the commission when fully developed They are working with Seattle City Council and reviewing amendments and 36 budget amendments. The Committee is focusing now on 2021 budget and policies and will bring to the commission in mid-September. Questions raised on deadlines and offers from the Commission to help the committee if needed. Staff for the Committee said that it would be helpful for all commissioners serving on the committee to read all documents provided quickly and come to meeting prepared. A staff person (Shayleen) reminded the commissioners that they had already voted earlier in support of 3 principles championed by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity:
- Defund SPD
- Reinvest in alternatives
- Release all protesters
SPD Video Request
The Commission discussed CPC's stand on SPD request for videos, etc. of protests gathered by news organizations. The components of the WA. Shield Law was provided by staff via chat. A King County Superior Court Judge ruled that SPD's request met the standards of the Shield Law, but then backtracked a bit and added an intermediary to look at information before it's provided. The Commission voted to provide an amicus brief for the appeal by the media.
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