Champaign City Council met July 11.
Champaign City Council met July 11.
Here is the minutes provided by the Council:
Council Members Matthew Gladney William Kyles
Present: Vanna Pianfetti Greg Stock
Alicia Beck Tom Bruno
Clarissa Fourman Mayor Feinen
Council Members Angie Brix
Staff Present: Dorothy Ann David, City Manager, Jennifer Bannon, Assistant City Attorney Laura Hall, Assistant City Attorney Rachel Joy, Community Relations Manager
Others Present: Jon Swenson, former Deputy Chief of Police
Time Started: 7:27 p.m.
Proposal To Create A Citizen Subcommittee Of The Human Relations Commission To Assist In The Review Of Police Complaint Investigations [Ss 2017-027]
City Manager David noted this is the third of the most recent City Council discussions regarding Citizen Review. Various models were discussed and reviewed in 2016. In the beginning of this year, a review was conducted with various recommendations from a police complaint working group which included a combination of citizens, community stake holders, and City staff who had looked at models that might be applied for the City. Council direction was to put together a specific proposal to create a sub-committee of the Human Relations Commission to assist in the review of police complaint investigations. Staff will provide the details of the proposal and solicit Council input in preparation of developing an Ordinance for Council consideration at a Regular Council agenda.
Staff Presentation: Former Deputy Chief Swenson noted the purpose of the session is to review and discuss a proposed Ordinance which would authorize the creation of a subcommittee of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) which is responsible for reviewing completed citizen complaint investigations; and to finalize procedural changes to the Use of Force review process. Attorney Hall’s presentation regarding the proposed ordinance, and the process used to draft the ordinance, included the following:
• Background: January 2017 – Council Direction to Staff Regarding Drafting the Ordinance
• What the Ordinance Creates – Subcommittee of the HRC
• Citizen Review Subcommittee – Ordinance Development, the HRC and Summary of the Proposed Ordinance
• Purpose of the HRC – Review Completed Investigations
• Reporting to the Human Relations Commission
• Increasing Transparency – Modify online complaint form, Update Police Department website, Surveying local social service agencies for assistance
• Criteria for Committee Members (for decision making and analysis of documentation) Former Deputy Chief Swenson briefly addressed the following:
• Other Recommendations and Progress
• Next Steps (August 2017 through October 2017)
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Action Recommended: The Administration requested Council direct staff to schedule a code amendment to create the Citizen Review Subcommittee on a Regular Meeting agenda for Council consideration, incorporating Council input received at the Study Session.
Council Members’ Technical Questions: Council Members’ technical questions included the following topics: the monthly use of force review board, number of events, and if all events are reviewed; discretion to be used at meetings, privacy concerns, and transparency with getting information back to the community; measure or matrix of review for the subcommittee and their six areas of review; subcommittee membership component; having a separate committee versus having a subcommittee of the HRC; meeting monthly versus every other month; whether the committee will address use of force complaints; comparison of, and success of similar communities processes or structure; how subpoena power will work; and membership concerns including residency of committee members, exclusion of persons with felonies, and former police officers or their spouses.
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Public Input: None
Council General Discussion: Council Members discussion included the following topics: thanks to the working group, staff, CM Kyles, and all involved for their efforts; frequency of meetings; need for membership exclusion review, and the need for broader community representation; need parameters to determine success; consider a time limit or select type of felons; police officer representation considerations; importance of transparency, communication, and reporting to citizens; consider improving subpoena language; board and commission selection process; providing staff direction; and ability to change or modify the committee members or meeting times, but the need to continue to move forward.
Poll: Mayor Feinen polled Alternative 1 directing staff to schedule consideration of the code amendment to create the Citizen Review Subcommittee on a Regular Meeting Agenda, incorporating Council input received at the Study Session. The result of the poll was 8 ayes and
Audience Participation: None
Adjournment: CM Stock, seconded by CM Gladney, moved to adjourn. A voice vote was taken; all voted yes.
The meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.