Officials and Guests in Attendance
CMs Lewis, Morales, Sawant, Herbold, Gonzales. All present were prepared and engaged.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time. I left early, before the new members of the CPC were appointed. The meeting was easily accessible and I was able to review a copy of the agenda beforehand.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed.
The meeting opened with public comment; most people testified in favor of keeping the ban on crowd control weapons passed by the City Council last year (and subsequently rejected by Judge Robards pursuant to the Consent Decree as being overly broad).
Recommendations from Oversight Agencies
The Committee then discussed recommendations from the Community Police Commission (CPC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and Office of Police Accountability (OPA). These oversight agencies each made recommendations in three use categories (patrol, tactical/SWAT, and crowd dispersal) for five different types of less lethal weapons (tear gas, pepper spray, blast balls, 40 mm launcher, and flash diversionary devices (flash bangs)).
There were a few areas of consensus—all agencies agreed that pepper spray, the 40mm launcher, and flash bangs do not need to be banned for non-crowd control uses. And all agreed that tear gas should not be used on patrol.
Chair Herbold noted that:
An ordinance has been drafted that includes the areas of agreement among the oversight agencies, and it will be modified following the discussion at the hearing, with a potential committee vote on a new proposed ordinance at the next meeting on Jan. 26.
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