Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority
Regular Monthly Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
241 City Hall
6:00 p.m.
Board members present:                Briscoe, Cetta, Cichowicz, Kvidera, Pargo, and Pettis
Board members absent:                  Giraud, Wetternach
Also present:                                     Deputy Chief Scott Gerlicher
                                                            Assistant Director Lee Reid
                                                            Assistant City Attorney Joel Fussy
                                                            Sherman Patterson, Mayor’s Aide                            
I.     Call to Order
Chair Briscoe called the meeting to order.
II.     Approval of Agenda         
Kvidera moved the agenda be approved. Pettis seconded.
Motion passed unanimously.
III.     Approval Of Minutes – June 6, 2012 Board meeting
Pettis moved approval of the minutes of the June 6, 2012 Board meeting. Cichowicz seconded.
Motion passed unanimously.
IV.     Reports
Chair Briscoe reported that no response has yet been received from Mayor RT Rybak regarding the letter sent by the CRA Board June 21, 2012.
Assistant Director
·         Reid reviewed the CRA Workload Report for June 2012.
·         The proposed 18 hearings scheduled for July and proposed 26 scheduled for August help to drastically reduce the number of complaints waiting for hearings.
·         Reid said thank you to board members for getting their determinations turned in, and added a correction that Determinations Pending for June should be 0.
·         Per the agenda, a closed session at the end of the meeting will be held regarding last month’s board member request concerning a few dismissals.
·         Reid will ensure the board members receive the templates for write-ups.
There were no committee reports.
V.     Public Invitation
David Bicking
Bicking feels the CRA has come to a serious place because we’re less than a month away from the time the state law takes effect, and he hasn’t seen any sign the City Council has considered any ordinance changes that would allow the CRA to continue functioning and do determinations. He hopes the members here will be on their case, giving suggestions, and participating in the process that has yet to happen – despite Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel’s statement a few months ago that the new process would be in place and implemented by August 2012. So far as Bicking can tell, that process has never been presented to the public or City Council, but rather was “leaked”. He states there seems to be an attempt to kill the CRA, but he wishes the CRA well and hopes it continues to function “despite our city leaders not taking the action they need to take.”
Chuck Turchick
To follow up on Bicking’s comments, he adds after the last Public Safety Committee meeting where the last CRA quarterly report was presented by AD Reid, one member did ask, “What’s going to happen on August 1st?” with the metrics; Director Korbel answered, “That’s going to be part of the new process that’s going to be in place.” Turchick comments that there doesn’t seem to be much concern about how the changes are going to happen once the CRA is no longer allowed to make determinations after August 1st.
Turchick mentioned a newspaper article about Nizzel George, a 5-year-old who was killed by a bullet allegedly fired at the house as payback for an earlier shooting. He quoted, “It's a culture of silence and retribution that police and others decried as they urged more witnesses to come forward.” Then a quote from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman: “This is an innocent 5-year-old who was mowed down while sleeping on his grandma's couch. Anybody who says, 'I don't want to come forward, I don't want to get involved … that isn't an answer." Turchick feels it is kind of ironic to have the proven strong code of silence amongst officers and then to tell the community to step forward. Breaking that police code of silence should be at the bottom of this issue.
Also mentioned by Turchick was MPD Sergeant Clifford, charged with a felony for “sucker-punching” a bar patron in the face while he was off-duty. Turchick wondered about the psychological evaluation for fitness when officers apply to be in the department, and feels that perhaps, if their attitudes and psychology are affected by the nature of their job, then it seems reasonable that officers should have a psychological evaluation periodically throughout their career.
VI.     Old Business
There is no old business.
VII.     New Business
·         Cichowicz requested an update on the BPI proposal, any new information about changes to the CRA.
Reid responded it is still moving forward; at some point there will be a discussion with the City Council and PSCRH. As far as August 1st, the CRA will just have to comply with the law but that won’t stop the daily processes of the unit: officers will continue to be interviewed, intakes will become investigations, etc. For CRA Board members it will mean the language used in determinations will change.
Cichowicz asked if those changes will have to be made via meeting with the City Attorney or if an ad hoc setup would be acceptable. Reid said that question has not come up before, but business will, for the most part, continue as usual.
Kvidera clarified the question to ask if the board will maintain the current process but omit the word “determination” from the findings. Reid replied that’s what is being considered at this point but further discussion with the City Attorney will be needed.
VIII.     Announcements
There are no announcements
IX.     Closed session
Kvidera moved the meeting go into closed session to discuss a matter of pending or threatened litigation. Cetta seconded.
Motion passed unanimously.
X.     Adjournment
Pettis moved the meeting be adjourned. Pargo seconded.
Motion passed unanimously.

Last updated Sep 5, 2012



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