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10.14.21 POP Meeting NotesBoulder Police Oversight Panel Meeting Notes October 14, 2021 I. Discussion of By-laws The panel continued their discussion of the draft by-laws and continued the process of provisionally approving various articles and sub-sections of the draft by-laws. II. Discussion on next panel training topics The panel indicated that they were ready for training on new material and that they would also like to continue receiving refresher and additional trainings on past topics. The panel also indicated that they would like to receive training on some areas outside of police oversight, such as equity, city policies, and media training. III. Monitor’s report a. MOU on notification to monitor of critical incidents The monitor discussed the ongoing development of a Memorandum of Understanding between the panel, the monitor and the police chief which will govern the process of notifying the monitor of critical incidents. The events covered by the MOU include: • all in-custody deaths; • any intentional discharge of a firearm by an officer at a person; • any unintentional discharge of a firearm, while on-duty or off- duty, irrespective of injuries to suspects, officers, or third parties; • use of lethal force on a domestic animal in self-defense or defense of others; and • any civil disturbances (either planned or spontaneous). b. Update on Council approval of alternate panel member The monitor reported that the City Council’s approval of the panel’s alternate member would occur on October 19. c. Racial Equity Instrument update The monitor reported on developments in the application of the city’s racial equity instrument to the police oversight process. The monitor indicated that the instrument would focus on factors that impact the retention of volunteers of color on the oversight panel. The monitor explained that the instrument would by implemented by asking all panel members a series of questions at a regular interval. The questions are designed to identify any particular barriers to participation. The questions may include: 1. What is the greatest difficulty for you in doing this work? a. Frequency and times of meetings b. Logistical hurdles (either virtual or in-person) c. Financial burden: does volunteering inhibit your ability to work for income? 2. What can be done to lessen the burden of volunteering for the panel? 3. What additional supports or developments would make the work more fulfilling or rewarding? 4. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with the direction of the work being done by the panel? (1 being not satisfied at all, 10 being completely satisfied). The instrument will also include an exit interview when members leave before the end of their term or elect to not serve a second term. d. Report on outcome of case reviews i. One case involving allegations of failing to provide a business card, improper enforcement of trespass laws, and security of police information has been completed. The panel recommended sustaining the allegations against the officer and recommended retraining, reassignment, removal of training officer status, and a two-day suspension. The department sustained the allegations and imposed discipline. ii. A panel review committee reviewed another case and elected to recommend that the department conduct additional investigation. The department accepted the recommendation and is in the process of carrying out the requested additional investigation. We will further report out on this case once it is completed. iii. One case that the panel has selected for a full case file review is now ready for review. The monitor will reach out to schedule this one next week. e. Monthly case statistics i. Three complaints were filed in September 1. One is for misconduct, one is for serious misconduct, and the other is an internal complaint. 2. One community inquiry was filed ii. So far in October, two complaints have been filed iii. There are currently 9 active investigations that are in progress (up from 6 last month) iv. So far in 2021, 47 complaints have been filed and nine allegations have been sustained against officers IV. Panel selection of cases to review The panel reviewed the summaries of the complaints filed in September. The panel voted on whether to conduct a full review of each case. The panel elected to conduct a full case file review of cases #SM2021-002 and MI2021-043. V. Public Comment