Seattle City Council Special Joint Meeting with Select Labor Committee & Community Police Commission


>>>ALL RIGHT. GOOD EVENING. TODAY IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019. IT IS 5:30 2 PM. WELCOME EVERYONE TO THIS SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL GENDER EQUITY SAFE COMMUNITIES NEW AMERICAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE SELECT LABOR COMMITTEE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION, WHO IS ALREADY SEATED AT THE TABLE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US THIS EVENING. I’M COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALES, CHAIR OF THIS COMMITTEE AND JOINING ME HERE THIS EVENING IS COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL, THE CHAIR OF OUR SELECT LABOR COMMITTEE, AND ALSO JOINING US IS COUNCILMEMBER LISA HERBOLD, WHO IS FOR THE RECORD FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER, BUT WEATHERING THE STORM, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND I APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO BE HERE IN SPITE OF THAT. THANK YOU. I BELIEVE WE WILL HAVE A FEW MORE COUNCILMEMBERS JOINING US SO WE WILL WELCOME THEM IF THEY MAKE THEIR WAY OUT. OKAY, BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I HAVE TO ASK IF YOU CAN ADOPT THE AGENDA SO THERE IS NO OBJECTION, THE AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED. HEARING NO OBJECTION, THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. REALLY QUICKLY, I WANTED TO GO OVER THE AGENDA FOR THIS EVENING AND WELCOME COUNCILMEMBER PETERSON, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE ARE HOLDING THIS HEARING TONIGHT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE 4.04 .120, WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE CITY COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING, AT LEAST 90 DAYS BEFORE THE CITY BEGINS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT OR SPOT IN ORDER TO HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CITY’S POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM. SO IF YOU ARE HERE TONIGHT TO PROVIDE PUBLIC TESTIMONY AND HAVE NOT ALREADY SIGNED UP TO DO THAT, THERE ARE SIGN-UP SHEETS IN THE FRONT HERE, WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP TO GIVE US A PUBLIC COMMENT. THERE ARE ALSO PUBLIC COMMENT CARDS. SO, IF YOU ARE A LITTLE SHY FROM THE CAMERA AND DON’T WANT TO STAND IN FRONT OF THIS BIG AUDIENCE, YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO FILL OUT ONE OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT SHEETS AND WE WILL COLLECT THOSE AT THE END OF THE EVENING AND ADD THOSE TO THE RECORD AS WELL. WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE INTEND TO START THAT IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. FIRST, WE WILL HEAR THREE VERY SHORT PRESENTATIONS, FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR CIVILIAN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM. FIRST WE WILL RECEIVE WILL RECEIVE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION FROM OUR CITY COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF, AFTER THAT, WE WILL HEAR FROM THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. THE DIRECTOR FROM THE OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY AND FOR MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION. ALL OF WHOM WILL PRESENT THE CONDITION AND STATE OF ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM IN OUR UPCOMING ANTICIPATED LABOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPOT. SO, I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HANDED OVER, AFTER CODY READS IT INTO THE RECORD. SO, I WILL HAVE CODY READ THE FIRST AND ONLY AGENDA ITEM INTO THE RECORD AND THEN WE WILL GO AHEAD AND BEGIN THE PRESENTATION. >>AGENDA ITEMS ONE AND TWO, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT AND PRESENTATION BY THE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT ENTITIES FOR BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION. >>THANK YOU CODY. BEFORE WE GO AHEAD AND DIG INTO THE PRESENTATIONS, WHY DON’T WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A QUICK ROUND OF INTRODUCTIONS OF FOLKS AT THE TABLE. SO THAT WE CAN GET ORIENTED THEN I WILL HAVE HANDED OVER TO KARINA KICKING OFF THE PRESENTATIONS. >>HI, I AM KARINA BOWL WITH CITY COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF. >>HI, MY NAME IS EMMA PATAKI, I AM ONE OF THE COCHAIRS. >>MY NAME IS RAMOS, I’M ONE OF THE COCHAIRS POINT >>MY NAME IS BESSIE SCOTT I’M EXCITED DIRECTOR OF THE INTERIM LEASE ASSOCIATION POINT >>ANDREW MEYER DIRECTOR OF THE POLICE OFFICE OF ACCOUNT ABILITY. >>LISA JUDGE DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. >>THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS EVENING. KARINA WENT TO KICK US OFF. I AM GOING TO BE A PRETTY STRICT TIMEKEEPER, BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME TO HEAR FROM PUBLIC, IN TERMS OF TESTIMONY. >>THANK YOU, AS COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES MENTIONED, I AM PROVIDING A VERY BRIEF SUMMARY OF TONIGHT’S PUBLIC HEARING, AND ALSO DENIES LABOR NEGOTIATION PROCESS. TWO UNIONS REPRESENTING MOST SWORN OFFICERS. A SMALLER UNION REPRESENT ABOUT SEVEN LIEUTENANTS AND CAPTAINS. THE CURRENT CONTRACT RUNS FROM JANUARY 1, 2015, THROUGH DECEMBER 31 OF 2020. GIVEN THE IMPENDING EXPIRATION DATE OF THIS CONTRACT, THE PURPOSE OF TONIGHT’S PUBLIC HEARING IS TO RECEIVE INPUT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CITY’S POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM, AND WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BEFORE THE CITY AND THE UNION BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS. THIS IS THE PROCESS THAT IS REQUIRED FOR SPARC AND S PMA. THERE ARE TWO TIMING CONSIDERATIONS THAT AFFECT WHEN THE CITY AND SPA CAN BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS. ON TOOTH AUGUST 14 OF 2019, THE CITY PROVIDED FORMAL NOTICE OF THE INTENT IS TO BEGIN BARGAINING NO LATER THAN APRIL 2019. THE NEXT IS THAT, BARGAINING CANNOT BEGIN ANY SOONER THAN 90 DAYS FROM TONIGHT’S PUBLIC HEARING. ALL THESE TO SAY THE CITY WOULD BE ABLE TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS AS EARLY AS MARCH 4 OF NEXT YEAR. NEXT, REGARDING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, STATE LAW, THE EXACT CITATION IS RCW 41.56. ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO JOIN LABOR ORGANIZATIONS AND TO BE REPRESENTED IN MATTERS CONCERNING THEIR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT. STATE LAW ALSO REQUIRES THE CITY AND UNIONS TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH, ALL MANDATORY SUBJECT OF BARGAINING, WHICH GENERALLY RELATE TO WAGES, HOURS, AND WORKING CONDITIONS. CONSISTENT WITH COMMENTS EARLIER, S PMA WILL NEGOTIATE WITH THE CITY ON SUBJECTS OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. THE CITY NEGOTIATION PROCESS INCLUDES MEETINGS OF A LABOR RELATIONS POLICY COMMITTEE CALLED THE LR PC. THIS COMMITTEE ESTABLISHES BARGAINING PARAMETERS FOR THE CITY’S LABOR RELATIONS NEGOTIATIONS TEAM, AND IT CONSISTS OF MEMBERS FROM COUNCILMEMBERS SELECT LABOR COMMITTEE, WHICH RIGHT NOW INCLUDES COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL, COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES, O’BRIEN, BAGSHAW AND COUNCIL MEMBER MOSQUEDA? ON THE OTHER SIDE, MIKE HUMES, DEPUTY MAYOR MICROPHONE, AND THE CITY BUDGET OFFICE DIRECTOR MIKE NOBLE. SINCE THESE MEETINGS DO INCLUDE STRATEGIES FOR NEGOTIATION THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATES OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT. THE LABOR RELATIONS DIRECTOR WILL USE THE BARGAINING AGREEMENT PARAMETERS TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT. ONCE THIS AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED, IT IS CALLED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT, MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER RATIFYING THAT AGREEMENT AND THEN THE CITY’S PREDECESSOR RATIFYING IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING THROUGH A MAJORITY VOTE ON FULL COUNSEL AND IT IS LEGISLATED. THAT IS A VERY BRIEF OVERVIEW, HOPEFULLY I AM WITHIN THE RIGHT MARK OF TIME LIMIT. >>YOU ARE, THREE MINUTES TO SPARE. >>KUDOS TO YOU. AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL WILL SAY THAT HIS LEADERSHIP RIGHT THERE. ALL RIGHT. WHY DON’T WE GO AHEAD, THANK YOU KARINA FOR THAT GENERAL OVERVIEW, WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT, OF COURSE, IT IS A VERY SIMPLE OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS, AND WE ARE HERE TONIGHT SPECIFICALLY TO HEAR ABOUT THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT AND PROCESS, THERE ARE MANY OTHER ISSUES THAT WILL BE BARGAINED IN THE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT AREA AS WELL. DENIES PURPOSE OF THE HEARING IS SQUARELY TO FOCUS ON THE ACCOUNT ABILITY PROVISIONS, CONSISTENT WITH THE MUNICIPAL CODE THAT DIRECTS, AND APPLIES TO THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS. SO IS THE NEXT THING WE WILL TRANSITION, WE HAVE 25 MINUTES TO COVER PRESENTATIONS BY OUR CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT ENTITIES, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS GOING TO KICK US OFF. >>GOOD EVENING. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, I APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING MY BACK TO THE ROOM. COUNCIL PRESIDENT, MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILMEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY OR TONIGHT, AS WE HOLD THIS HEARING TOGETHER, COMMUNITY INPUT AND COMMUNITY VOICE ON THE UPCOMING NEGOTIATION PROCESS FOR THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT, LABOR AGREEMENT. I AM PLEASED TO ADD MY VOICE TO THE CONVERSATION BUT I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND WORKING WITH CITY LEADERSHIP TO IF I ADDRESS THIS CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. ACCORDINGLY, I WILL KEEP MY COMMENTS AT A HIGH-LEVEL, AND PROVIDE YOU WITH MORE DETAILED INPUT AND WRITING IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS YOU CONSIDER AND DEVELOP THE CITIES BARGAINING AGENDA. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL IS CHARGED WITH SYSTEMIC OVERSIGHT, OF THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. SO, WHILE MANY OF MY COMMENTS WILL ADDRESS SPECIFIC FACETS OF UPCOMING BARGAINING THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT OIG OPERATION, I AM ALSO SUPPORTIVE OF ANY MEASURES SUGGESTED HERE OR PROFFERED BY OTHERS THAT ENHANCE THE OVERALL SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY. AS A GENERAL PRINCIPLE, I BELIEVE THAT SUSTAINABLE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIRES INCREASING TRANSPARENCY IN POLICE PROCESSES, AND ENHANCING TRUST BY BARGAINING FOR STRONG ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES THAT ARE FAIR TO ALL AND FURTHER OPENNESS AND TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND SPD. OF COURSE, THE BIG QUESTION, HOW DO YOU INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND WHICH ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES ARE TRULY CRITICAL IN BUILDING AND SUSTAINING PUBLIC TRUST. I AM PARTICULARLY SUPPORTIVE OF ANY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BARGAINING PROCESS ITSELF, AS WELL AS ANY ELEMENTS OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT THAT INCREASE TRANSPARENCY OF AND TRUST IN THE DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS PROCESS. A POSSIBLE WAY TO INCREASE TRUST IN THE BARGAINING PROCESS. AM I CUTTING OUT OR IS IT JUST — OKAY, GREAT. IS TO ENGAGE IN EXTERNAL ADVISOR DURING THE BARGAINING SUPPORTED BY THE OVERSIGHT PARTNERS, TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM FOR REPORTING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, ABOUT THE FAIRNESS AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROCESS. THIS IS A CONCEPT RAISED BY COMMUNITY IN THE PREVIOUS LABOR CONTRACT HEARING, AND I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THIS NOTION. IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES THAT I THINK CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO FURTHERING OUR ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM, I HIGHLIGHT SEVERAL ISSUES WHICH YOU WILL NO DOUBT RECOGNIZE FROM THOSE PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED BY MY OFFICE, THE FEDERAL COURT, AND OTHER ACCOUNT ABILITY STAKEHOLDERS. FIRST IS A SUBPOENA POWER. SUBPOENA POWER IT AND OVERSIGHT ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR OPERATION. THE CRITICAL ABILITY TO OBTAIN INFORMATION NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT OVERSIGHT FUNCTIONS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. I KNOW FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF OTHER OVERSIGHT BODIES AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO STRUGGLE TO OBTAIN NECESSARY INFORMATION AND COOPERATION, THE LACK OF ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM OFTEN RESULT IN THE INABILITY TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THOSE DEPARTMENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT RELIANCE ON ACQUIESCENCE AND COOPERATION WILL NOT BE ENOUGH IF THE DAY COMES WHEN SPD IS NOT SO KEEN TO PRODUCE ABATING OVERSIGHT EFFORTS, OR COLLABORATE WITH PARTNERS. THE NEXT ISSUE IS BURDEN OF PROOF, WHICH SHOULD HOLD ALL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS TO A PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE STANDARD BY OPA, THE CHIEF AS WELL AS ON APPEAL. ANOTHER NECESSARY ISSUE IS PROVIDING CLARITY AROUND THE CALCULATION OF THE 100 TIMELINE FOR DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS, AND SHOULD INCLUDE APPROPRIATE TOLLING FOR NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE AND TIMELINES AND REPORTING. FINALLY, ARBITRATION. THE CITY SHOULD ADDRESS FEATURES OF ARBITRATION THAT AFFECTS PUBLIC CONFIDENCE, SUCH AS INCREASING THE TRANSPARENCY OF PROCEEDINGS, SETTING AND ENFORCING TIMELINES, PROHIBITING DE NOVO REVIEW OF THE CHIEFS FINAL DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS, AND APPROVING THE SELECT SELECTION PROCESS FOR ARBITRATORS TO ENSURE FAIRNESS, OBJECTIVITY, AND EXPERTISE. I BELIEVE DIRECTOR MARBURG MAY ALSO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, AND SOME ADDITIONAL CONCERNS INCLUDING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I AM SUPPORTIVE OF HIS EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE ABILITY OF OPA TO DO THE WORK OF ENSURING INDIVIDUAL OFFICER ACCOUNT ABILITY FOR MISCONDUCT. AS WELL AS ENSURING MEASURES PROMOTE FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY IN THAT PROCESS. I BELIEVE HE WILL GO INTO SOME DETAIL ON THAT. I RECOGNIZE THE CURRENT CONTRACT LANGUAGE, ACKNOWLEDGES OIG’S UNFETTERED ACCESS TO SPD OPERATIONS, AND OIG AND SPA IS AFFORDED LIMITED AVAILABILITY REGARDING SUBPOENAS. IN FACT, I HAVE FOUND SPD TO BE COOPERATIVE IN ALL EFFORTS UNDERWAY IN MY OFFICE BUT I WOULD NOTE THAT AN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM WHICH REQUIRES BARGAINING FOR OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY EVERY FEW YEARS IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE MODEL, AND EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT CAN BE EASILY ERODED. I WOULD ENCOURAGE CITY LEADERSHIP TO PLAN A BARGAINING AGENDA THAT INCREASES PUBLIC TRUST IN DEALING WITH MISCONDUCT, WHICH MAKES THE PROCESS ITSELF MORE VISIBLE TO COMMUNITY. I ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE CITY LEADERSHIP SHOULD ENDEAVOR TO EMPOWER OVERSIGHT ENTITIES, MY PARTNERS HERE AT THE TABLE, IN WAYS THAT CANNOT BE COMPROMISED IN BARGAINING, AND ARE ADEQUATELY UNSUPPORTED AND FUNDED TO ALLOW FOR INDEPENDENT OPERATIONS. WHILE BARGAINING IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, IT IS NOT THE ONLY MECHANISM CONTRIBUTING TO UNACCOUNTABLE POLICE FORCE. MEANINGFUL PROGRESS IS NOT ENTIRELY TIED TO BARGAINING OUTCOMES. IN COLLABORATION WITH OPA, CPC, AND SPD, MY OFFICE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON EFFORTS TO REDUCE SIGNIFICANT HARMFUL EVENTS THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, TO PROMOTE MEANINGFUL SCRUTINY OF USE OF FORCE INTERNALLY ANNEXED INTERNALLY AND TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF BEST POLICING PRACTICES INCLUDING A CURRENT COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO SUPPORT FAIR AND EFFECTIVE VICTIM AND WITNESS INTERVIEWING. I WOULD LIKE TO APPRECIATE RIGHT NOW THE COLLABORATION OF MY PARTNERS HERE AT THE TABLE AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE COME TO THE TABLE ON THESE ISSUES. AS WE ALL DISCUSSED TODAY WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT, I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS WORK IN PROGRESS CHANGING THINGS FOR THE BETTER. A STRONG BARGAINING AGENDA CAN HELP SOLIDIFY OUR ABILITY TO AFFECT THOSE CHANGES. THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME AND FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. >>INSPECTOR GENERAL WE APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION TO THOSE DETAILS, AND I KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL CONTINUE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ALL GET A MORE ROBUST AND DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT YOU ARE FLAGGING FOR US NOW. LET’S MOVE ON TO DIRECTOR MARBURG FROM OUR OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY. >>THANK YOU AGAIN COUNSEL FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT AND THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FOR SUCH A LARGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE BEING HERE TONIGHT. WE APPRECIATE THAT AS WELL. AND, THANK YOU TO THE PARTNERS THAT ARE HERE, CPC OIG AS ALWAYS WE APPRECIATE THE COLLABORATION WE DEVELOPED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. IN PREPARING FOR THIS MEETING, AND IN PREPARING FOR THESE MAIN CONTRACTS, WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME COLLECTIVELY AS ACCOUNT ABILITY PARTNERS, THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS WORKING RIGHT NOW FOR THE CONTRACT, WHAT IS NOT WORKING AND WHAT ARE CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM. THIS CONTRACT IS NOT PERFECT, NO CONTRACT IS PERFECT, BUT WE ARE HERE TO ACT AS MUCH AS WE CAN AS TECHNICAL ADVISORS TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD, AND TO MAKE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIVE TO THE PEOPLE THAT IT SERVES. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF AREAS AND IS CONTRACTED IMPACT ON OPA. PERHAPS OPA’S IMPACTED MORE BY ANY OTHER ENTITY AT THE TABLE, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW IN THE CROWD, THE OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY WE ARE THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND WE INVESTIGATE OFFICER MISCONDUCT. WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT I CANNOT COVER AT EVERYTHING IN THE CONTRACT ON ALL THESE ISSUES, WHAT I WANT TO DO IS FOCUS ON SOME THAT I FIND PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT IN SOME THAT I THINK WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR BOTH THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY TO HEAR ABOUT AND DISCUSS A LITTLE BIT MORE. FIRST, I THINK EVERYONE UP HERE, OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE UP HERE KNOWS ABOUT THE DEADLINE BUT FOR THE COMMUNITY, ALL OF OPA’S AND LITIGATIONS ARE GOVERNED BY A 180 DAY TIMELINE, THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO COMPLETE OUR INVESTIGATIONS IN SIX MONTHS. IF WE DON’T DO IT THEN WE CANNOT IMPOSE DISCIPLINE ON A POLICE OFFICER. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I THINK WE’VE HAD HISTORICALLY WITH THE 180 DAY DEADLINE IS NOT NECESSARILY WHEN IT STOPPED RUNNING BUT WHEN IT STARTS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE CITY DID REALLY WELL IN THIS LAST ROUND OF CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WAS WITH SPM A THE NEGOTIATED LANGUAGE WHICH SAID THAT THE TIMELINE RUNS FROM WHENEVER OPA INITIATES OR RECEIVES A COMPLAINT. THAT MEANS THAT IF I INITIATE, OR MY OFFICE INITIATES COMPLAINT OR WE RECEIVE A COMPLETE FROM SOME OTHER ENTITY THAT IS WHEN THE DEADLINE STARTS. THIS CONTRACT IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED. THERE ARE FIVE EXCEPTIONS BASICALLY FOR WHAT WHEN THE 180 DAY DEADLINE RUNS. I WON’T GO THROUGH ALL OF THEM NOW IN DETAIL BUT THEY ARE COMPLEX. OFFICERS THAT I INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN MY OFFICE DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THEM. IF WE DON’T GET THEM THAT I CAN’T IMAGINE THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS NOT VERSED IN THIS PROCESS GOT THEM. AND THAT’S A PROBLEM IF WE WANT TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE PROCESS WE NEED TO SIMPLY FIVE. OPA IS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE SPA CONTRACT, THAT LANGUAGE MIRRORING THIS CONTRACT AND THAT WE WOULD WANT BOTH CONTRACTS TO INITIATE AND RECEIVE BUT IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING THAT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE AT THE LEAST WE WOULD LIKE TO — YES I’M SORRY. WE WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE THE DEADLINE START DATES TO BE SIMPLE FIVE. ANOTHER THING THAT WAS CREATED AS PART OF THE CONTRACT WAS A PROGRAM CALLED RAPID ADJUDICATION. WHAT RAPID ADJUDICATION ALLOWED FOR WAS OFFICERS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACTIONS, ADMIT THAT THEY VIOLATED THE POLICY. AND THEN, TO CLOSE THE CASE OUT WITHOUT A FURTHER INVESTIGATION. UNDER THESE CONTRACTS, THIS WAS THE PILOT PROGRAM. WE THINK IT HAS WORKED VERY WELL, THERE HAVE BEEN SIX CASES SO FAR TO GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM. WE WOULD URGE THE COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE TO MAKE THIS PERMANENT. WE WOULD ALSO VERY MUCH LIKE THAT THE TIMELINES BE MORE FLEXIBLE, SO, RIGHT NOW THERE ARE STRICT TIMELINES TO GOVERN WHEN OPA CAN OFFER RAPID ADJUDICATION AND WHEN AN OFFICER CAN ASK FOR RAPID ADJUDICATION. WE WOULD WANT MORE TIME TO ALLOW MORE OFFICERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROGRAM PARTICULARLY AS OFFICERS BEGIN TO LEARN WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS AND THE BENEFITS. WE WOULD ALSO PROPOSE THAT THE CITY CONSIDER BARGAINING THE ELIMINATION OF THE FIVE DAY NOTICE. I’M NOT SURE IF EVERYONE UP YOUR NOSE, BUT FOR THE AUDIENCE, OPA IS REQUIRED TO SEND TO CONTRACTUAL NOTICES TO OFFICERS DURING INVESTIGATIONS. THE FIRST NOTICE IS CALLED A FIVE DAY NOTICE, AND BASICALLY, IT IS NOT A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION BUT WE HAVE TO SEND IT WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF RECEIVING OR INITIATING A COMPLAINT. AND, WE JUST SAY OFFICER ASKED, YOU HAVE BEEN NAMED IN A COMPLAINT. OFFICERS, THE MAJORITY OF OFFICERS IN OUR EXPERTS DO NOT LIKE THE FIVE DAY NOTICE, THEY FIND IT STRESSFUL AND OVERWHELMING. IT HURTS MORALE. AS A GENERAL MATTER, ABOUT 40 TO 45 PERCENT OF OUR CASES ACTUALLY ARE INVESTIGATED. YOU ARE LOOKING AT BETWEEN 55 TO 60 PERCENT OF CASES THAT ARE NEVER GOING TO INVESTIGATION. CIRCUM-OFFICERS ARE GETTING NOTICES FOR CASES THAT DON’T GO TO LITIGATION IT’S AN ADDED STRESS. WE HAVE TALKED TO OR HEARD THE RATIONALE FROM THE GUILD, BUT WE THINK THAT THE BENEFIT OF FIVE DAY NOTICES IS OUTWEIGHED. A REASONABLE COMPROMISE WOULD BE TO ISSUE FIVE DAY NOTICES IN CERTAIN CASES BUT NOT IN OTHERS AND, WE THINK THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD LIKE THE CITY TO CONSIDER. OF USUALLY I CAN GIVE MORE DETAIL TO THE COUNCIL ON THAT. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, NUMBER OF ISSUES INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL INTEREST EDITIONS. WHAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT TODAY WAS RELATING TO THE 180 DAY TIMELINE, SPECIFY TOLLING OF THE TIMELINE. SO, RIGHT NOW, THE WAY THE CONTRACT WORKS IS IF OPA RECEIVES AN ALLEGATION OF CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT, WE ARE REQUIRED TO SEND US BACK TO THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE. IF THEY MISCONDUCT OCCURRED IN SEATTLE, AND IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY SPD, THE TIMELINE DOES NOT TOLL. SO, OUR 180 DAY TIMELINE RUNS PENDING UNIFICATION. THAT IS A PROBLEM, AND THAT IF THE INVESTIGATION FOR EXAMPLE CRIMINAL LITIGATION TAKES LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS, WE ARE OUT OF LUCK BECAUSE BY THE TIME WE GET BACK WE HAVE NO TIME TO DO OUR INVESTIGATION. UNDER THE CURRENT CONTRACT, DEADLINE TOLLS UNDER TWO CIRCUMSTANCES. FIRST, IF THE CASE IS WITH THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE OR IS BEING REVIEWED OR PROSECUTED. SECOND, IF THE MISCONDUCT OCCURS OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE, AND IT IS BEING LITIGATED OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE. WHAT THAT WOULD NOT COVER FOR EXAMPLE, LET’S SAY THERE IS A CRIMINAL ACT THAT AROSE FROM USE OF FORCE IN SEATTLE. AND WE ASK THAT APARTMENT AS THEY PLEASE SEND IT OUT TO BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON STATE PATROL OR WHATEVER ENTITY YOU WANTED TO OUTSIDE THE CITY, THAT WOULD NOT TOLL. SO, WE THINK IT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE DEADLINE TOLLS FOR THOSE CASES WHICH ARE PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT CASES. OR, THE MOST SERIOUS CASES THAT OPA LOOKS AT. A COUPLE OTHER ISSUES, AT LEAST ONE ISSUE THAT IS A TANGENTIAL ISSUE FOR OPA BUT ONE THAT WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT, SO MEMBERS WITHIN OPA FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT IS MANDATORY ROTATIONS. SO, CURRENTLY THERE IS NO MANDATORY ROTATION. WHAT I MEAN BY MANDATORY ROTATION IS BEING ABLE TO MOVE OFFICERS BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, FROM PATROL TO INVESTIGATIONS. I THINK IT WOULD BE A MORALE BUILDER, AND I THINK IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT IN DEVELOPING ITS PERSONNEL, TO MOVE EVERY FIVE YEARS, EVERY SIX YEARS IT DOESN’T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT TO MOVE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT UNITS TO GIVE PATROL OFFICERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN SPECIALIZED UNITS. RIGHT NOW, I WORRY THAT PATROL OFFICERS FEEL THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO MOVE FROM PATROL, YOU CAN SPEND 15 OR 20 YEARS AND PATROL, SOME PEOPLE LOVE THAT JOB, AND PATROL IS VERY INTERESTING AND EXCITING JOB BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK HAVING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BUILD A HAPPIER WORKFORCE THAT IS SOMETHING WE FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT. I WOULD SAY THE BENEFIT TO PATROL OF HAVING AN OFFICER WHO MAY HAVE SPENT FIVE YEARS WORKING IN DV OR SAU, SPECIAL VICTIMS OR IN HOMICIDE, THEN COMING BACK TO PATROL WOULD BE HUGELY BENEFICIAL FOR YOUNGER OFFICERS AND OTHER PEOPLE TO BE PAIRED UP WITH. >>DIRECTOR, CAN YOU START WRAPPING UP PLEASE? >>YEP, TWO OTHER THINGS IN THE LINK ARE RESTRICTIONS ON OPA PERSONNEL. CURRENTLY, THE CONTRACT ALLOWS FOR TWO CIVILIAN INVESTIGATORS AT OPA BUT IT LIMITS OPA’S ABILITY TO UTILIZE THEM AS WE SEE FIT. RIGHT NOW, THEY NEED TO DO THE PRIMARY WORK ON CIVILIAN INITIATED CASES, AND TO THE EXTENT THEY ARE WORKING ON THE CASE THAT COULD INVOLVE TERMINATION THEY HAVE TO BE PAIRED UP WITH A SWORN SERGEANT. WHAT WE WOULD ASK FOR IS THAT THE CITY CONSIDER ILLUMINATING THOSE RESTRICTIONS AND ALLOWING OPA TO ALLOCATE PERSONNEL AS IT SEES FIT. AGAIN, AS A NUMBER OF OTHER ISSUES I COULD TALK ABOUT. THAT IS AN OVERVIEW AND I’M HAPPY TO OFFER TECHNICAL ADVICE AS THE PROCESS GOES ON. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WANT TO SHIFT US QUICKLY OVER TO THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION. WILL IT BE REVEREND WALDEN, WILL YOU KICK US OFF ON THIS PORTION OF THE PRESENTATION? >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL AND MEDICARE GONZALEZ. I AM REVEREND WALDEN, ONE OF THE COCHAIRS OF THE SEATTLE POLICE COMMISSION. WITH ME TODAY, IS MY FELLOW COCHAIR EMMA. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE YOU OUR THOUGHTS CONCERNING THE NEXT SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILD CONTRACT. AND, IN 2017, THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CBC AND COMMUNITY GROUPS UNANIMOUSLY ADAPTED ONE OF THE MOST ROBUST POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LAWS IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS HAILED AS A HISTORIC MOMENT, AND RIGHTFULLY SO. ACCOUNTABILITY OVERSIGHT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT CREATED A STRONG DISCIPLINE SYSTEM, ENSURING OFFICERS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THE CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR’S OFFICE IMPLEMENT IN THEIR ACCOUNTABILITY LAW, SOME OF WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE THROUGH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WITH THE CITY. POLICE UNION. BUT, MANY OF THESE REFORMS DID NOT GET INTO CONTRACTS BECAUSE OF — BETWEEN THE CITY AND THAT IS WHY THE CPC RELUCTANTLY CAME OUT IN OPPOSITION OF THE LAST CONTRACT TO THE JUDGE PROVIDING OVER THE CONSENT DEGREE AGREED WITH THE CPC, AND CONCLUDED THAT THE CONTRACT SIGNED LAST YEAR PUT THE CITY OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. ENTERING INTO CITIES PLEDGE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE LAST ROUND OF BARGAINING, TO BUILD UPON THE ACCOUNTABILITY LAWS. BEFORE TURNING IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE, FOR HIGH LEVELS, FOR JUST A FEW KEY REFORMS, CPC HAS IDENTIFIED THE ROUND OF BARGAINING, I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE, OUR STRONG RECOMMENDATION THAT THE CITY APPOINT AN EXTERNAL ADVISOR CURRENTLY RECOMMENDED BY OPA AND CBC, WAS ADVISOR CAN AND SHOULD HELP PLAN THE BARGAINING AGENDA AND REPORT OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY. BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE, I WOULD LIKE TO DO A POINT OF ORDER I’VE BEEN DOING THIS WORK FOR 30 YEARS AND WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID YESTERDAY FIND THAT WAS REALLY TROUBLING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT HEARD WHAT HE SAID, HE SAID IN ESSENCE, IF THE PEOPLE DO NOT SHOW MORE RESPECT, TWO POLICE OFFICERS, THEN YOU MIGHT NOT GET ANY PROTECTION. AND SO, I PASSED OUT TO THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE NATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION STATEMENT, AND I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW THEY FELT ABOUT THIS AND I THINK THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE MOVEMENT AWAY FROM CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING FOR US AS CITIZENS IN AMERICA. ANYWAY, POINT OF PRIVILEGE AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT. >>THANK YOU REVEREND. >>THANK YOU REVEREND WALDEN. AGAIN, MY NAME IS SOGGY, ONE OF THE COCHAIRS OF THE CPC. LAST MONTH, THE CPC SENT A LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, OUTLINE SOME OF THE MANY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY LAWS. THAT STILL HAVE NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THOSE PRIORITIES, OR SOME OF THEM ARE ALREADY MENTIONED BY OIT AND OPA. FIRST, WE URGE THE CITY TO FIX THE BURDEN STANDARD REVIEW IN DISCIPLINE CASES BY RETURNING TO THE YEARS OF THE PREPONDERANCE STANDARD OF ALL ALLEGATION OF MISCONDUCT. SECOND, THE 180 DAYS FOR DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATION CANNOT BE USED TO SHORT-CIRCUIT INVESTIGATIONS. WE HAVE RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO MAKE THE TIMELINE START AND END DATES CONSISTENT, AND TO ENSURE IT IS TOLD WHEN FOR INSTANCE NEW EVIDENCE EMERGES. OPA AND OIG SHOULD HAVE AUTHORITY, THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT THE JUDGE HAS IDENTIFIED IN HIS ORDERS, AND THAT CPC HAS HIGHLIGHTED IN ITS BRIEF TO THE COURT. THE CPC HAS IDENTIFIED VARIOUS FEATURES OF THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS AFFECTING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE THAT MUST BE REFORMED, SUCH AS PROVIDING DIFFERENT TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE MAKING IT CLEAR THAT OFFICERS ALWAYS HAVE A DUTY TO BE HONEST, MAKING DISCIPLINARY NOTICES DISCIPLINARY HEARING, AND THAT DECISION-MAKERS ARE THROWING IT DOWN. WE URGE THE CITY TO ENSURE THAT CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT EXTENDS TO ALLEGATION OF CRIMINALS, MISCONDUCT. OUR RECOMMENDATION HERE IS THAT OPA SHOULD HAVE THE POWER TO REFER, OVERSEE, AND COORDINATE, THAT MEANS OPA SHOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REFER AN INVESTIGATION TO AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY. OVERSEE THAT INVESTIGATION AND COORDINATE WITH THE AGENCY AND PROSECUTORS. WE LISTED VARIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS IN OUR NOVEMBER 25 LETTER WHICH WE PERFORM TO THE STUDY OF RECORDS RETENTION, ADDING A REQUIREMENT TO INVESTIGATIONS URGING THE CHIEF TO PLACE EMPLOYEES ON LEAVE WITHOUT PAY, CRITICAL REFORMS TO SECONDARY EMPLOYMENT, AND PERCEIVED CORRUPTION IN THE POLICE FORCE, AND FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE BY ADDRESSING THOSE FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE JOINED US TODAY. THIS HEARING IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT A POLICE CONTRACT THAT WILL AFFECT THE SAFETY AND WELL- BEING OF EVERYONE IN SEATTLE. WHETHER THAT YOU AGREE WITH THE CPC’S COMMUNITY OR NOT, WE THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. CONTRACT WAS ONLY MADE CONTRACT BY THE TIRELESS WORK OF COMMUNITY ADVOCATES, WITH THE CITY COUNCIL AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY TODAY. THANK YOU. >>GREAT, THANK YOU SO MUCH. REVEREND WALDEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SO THOUGHTFULLY BRINGING UP THE ISSUE RELATED TO THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR, AND HIS COMMENTS, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT SEEN THEM YET, IT IS IN A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE THAT WAS JUST PUBLISHED TITLED WILLIAM BARR SAYS THOSE WHO DON’T SHOW MORE RESPECT TO COPS MAY NOT GET POLICE PROTECTION. OBVIOUSLY SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT HE MAKES AND CERTAINLY HAS PERSPECTIVE IS NOT SURPRISING, GIVEN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OUT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION BUT IT IS NONETHELESS IMPORTANT. AND, CERTAINLY WE CONDEMN THAT TYPE OF PHILOSOPHY THAT SOMEHOW STANDING UP FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN POLICING AND IN OTHER AREAS IS SOMEHOW INAPPROPRIATE, OR ILLEGITIMATE, OR JUST CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. THAT IS NOT TRUE. WE AS PEOPLE WHO EXPECT TO RECEIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES, AND NOT BE VICTIMS OF CRIME, DESERVE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION IN THE COURSE OF RECEIVING THOSE PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES, AND THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE THE COMMITMENT OF THESE FOLKS AT THE TABLE IS, I FORGOT REPEATEDLY FROM Y’ALL AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL BLACK POLICE ASSOCIATION, CONDEMNING ATTORNEY GENERAL BARS REMARKS ON THE ISSUE, AND THERE IS SO MUCH IN THIS LETTER THAT IS JUST A SPOT ON. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT SEEN THE LETTER, THERE ARE COPIES OF YOUR IN THE FRONT. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO THEM. BUT, I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO READ REALLY QUICKLY FROM A PORTION OF THE LETTER THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION, TODAY, WE ARE OBVIOUSLY HERE TO GET PUBLIC TESTIMONY FROM YOU ALL. BUT, IT WILL BE AN ONGOING CONVERSATION. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST AND ONLY OPPORTUNITY THAT WE WILL ALL HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AS COMMITTEE, TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS RIGHT, AND SO, FROM THE LETTER, I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOME OF THESE SENTIMENTS. BUT, I WANTED TO JUST SORT OF HIGHLIGHT ONE PARAGRAPH ON THE SECOND PAGE, WHICH SAYS THAT THE NATIONAL BLACK POLICE ASSOCIATION WOULD LIKE FOR THIS FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY DOES NOT RESPECT THE POLICE TO STOP. IT IS POLICE ABUSE THAT IS BEING COMPLAINED ABOUT AND IT SHOULD BE. WE WOULD LIKE FOR POLICE BRUTALITY AND CORRUPTION TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED WHEN IT OCCURS AND FOR POLICING IS TO STOP PROTECTING THOSE OFFICERS WHO CONDUCT THEMSELVES UNETHICALLY AND OR CRIMINALLY, FOR THAT IS WHAT WILL BUILD TRUST AND LEGITIMACY IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND WHAT WILL BUILD RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS. WE WOULD LIKE FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO REMEMBER THE OATH WE ALL SWORE TO, AND CARRY FORTH OUR POLICE MISSIONS, VISIONS AND PRINCIPLES WITH FAIRNESS AND EQUITY. I AM SURE THAT WE WOULD BE HARD FOR US TO FIND A NOTE THAT SAID WE WERE ONLY TO BE OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE IF THE PERSON WE ARE SERVING LIKES OR RESPECT US.”. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WITH US REVEREND WALDEN I APPRECIATE IT. >>THAT BRINGS US TO EXACTLY 25 MINUTES FOR THIS PRESENTATION. WE ARE NOW AT 6:0 5 PM, I AM GOING TO SUGGEST THAT OUR GUEST AT THE TABLE CAN JOIN THE AUDIENCE IF YOU WISH. YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO STAY COMFORTABLY WHERE YOU ARE AT BUT YOU’RE NOT REQUIRED TO OF COURSE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. WE WILL GO AHEAD AND SHIFT NOW INTO THE PUBLIC HEARING PORTION OF TONIGHT, WE ARE VERY EXCITED THAT THE ROOM IS FULL. AND, WE WANTED TO THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING, TO GIVE US PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC. SO, LET’S GO AHEAD AND BEGIN THIS PORTION. IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING COMMENTS TONIGHT, YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL ME YOUR TESTIMONY, AND IT WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC HEARING RECORD. IF YOU WISH TO EMAIL US YOUR COMMENTS, YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR PUBLIC COMMENTS TO ME AT LORENA.GONZALEZ AT SEATTLE.GOV. SO, I WILL CALL AT EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO SIGNED UP. WE HAVE ABOUT 32 FOLKS, EVERYBODY GETS TWO MINUTES TO PROVIDE US THEIR COMMENTS ON THE TOPIC AT HAND. IF YOU ARE TESTIFYING IN A GROUP OF THREE OR MORE INDIVIDUALS, THEN YOU WILL GET UP TO FIVE MINUTES. TO SPEAK. SO, IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS IN THE AUDIENCE, YOU SHOULD START COORDINATING YOURSELVES NOW. AND, AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO BECAUSE YOU SHOWED UP LATE AND YOU DID NOT HEAR ME SAY, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, WE WILL ACCEPT SIGNATURES UNTIL THE VERY END. OF TONIGHT PUBLIC HEARING, WE HAVE FORMS UP IN FRONT WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP STILL AND AND CODY WILL HAND ME YOUR NAME, AND WE WILL GO AHEAD AND CALL YOU UP IN THE ORDER THAT YOU SIGNED UP. SO, AGAIN. I WILL CALL 63 AT A TIME. EACH OF YOU GET TWO MINUTES. AND, THERE ARE TIMERS UP IN FRONT. AND, IF YOU COULD JUST TO HELP US EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, AS YOU HEAR YOUR NAME CALLED, BEGIN THE PROCESS OF COMING TO THE FRONT OF THE ROOM OR LINING UP, THAT WILL REALLY HELP TO SPEED UP THE EVENING FOR EVERYONE, BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY IS SIGNED UP AND ACTUALLY GETS HEARD. SOMETIMES WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THERE IS A DELAY IN THE CUING, AND THEN FOLKS GET TIRED AND END UP GOING HOME, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN HEAR FROM EVERYBODY. SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO WE WILL GET STARTED. WE HAVE THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS, DAVID HAYNES, J HOLLINGSWORTH, AND THEN BETTY JEAN WILLIAMSON. >>MY NAME IS STEPHEN HAYNES, THIS BUDGET IS PROOF WE STILL HAVE UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICING. PRESENTLY CITY COUNCIL’S LOCKSTEP WITH THE MAYOR HERE SABOTAGE THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE 2012 POLICE REFORM, BY SLITTING A SENTENCE BYPASSING THE LEGISLATURE AS U.S. ATTORNEY EXEMPTING LOW DOLLAR LEVEL DRUG PUSHERS WHO DESTROY LIVES DAILY. EVEN THOUGH WE ONLY LEGALIZE PROPER GROWN MARIJUANA SOMEHOW THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSIONER LOBBIED AND CONVINCED COUNSEL TO ADD CRACK METH AND HEROIN TO THE LIST OF EXEMPTIONS THAT WILL MAKE THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, UPENDING PUBLIC SAFETY ACCOMMODATING CRIMINALS WEALTHY. NOW, THE CITY ALLOWS SEATTLE COPS TO USE TAXPAYER FINANCED TRAINING AND THEN REFUSES TO FIGHT REAL CRIME, INSTEAD THEY MOONLIGHT AT WHOLE FOODS, AS SECURITY OFFICERS PURPOSEFULLY PROFILE INNOCENT FOR PEOPLE WHO ALLOW THE ESCALATION OF A PROBLEM THAT ENDANGERS INNOCENT PEOPLE, WHEN THEY ALLOWED THE FASCIST RACIST MANAGER TO EMBELLISH POLICE REPORTS, WHILE THEY STAND THERE AND ALLOW THEM TO LIVE. I’M FILMING RIGHT, I’VE GOT A WEAPON, UP IN HIS FACE, AND HE’S COMING AT ME, AND FOR SOME REASON, HE PROFILED ME FROM THE TIME I WENT INTO THIS WHOLE FOODS A WHILE BACK AT FIVE COPS SHOW UP WITH GUNS AND EVERYTHING IT WAS LIKE — YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T GO TO JAIL OR ANYTHING BUT THEY ARE IN VIOLATION, THE COPS STAND THERE AND ALLOW IT AND IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE TRAFFIC COPS MOONLIGHTING, GETTING RICH, AND THEY ARE ENDANGERING THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING IT WRONG IS NOT FIGHTING REAL CRIME. THE FACT THAT WE ARE EXEMPTING DRUG PUSHERS, AND FOCUSING ON BIASED POLICING THAT EMPHASIZES LOOKING FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE TO ACT LIKE A HERO, USING THE EMPHASIS PATROLS AND OFFICER OUTREACH, IT WILL HAPPEN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE YEAR COUNT, AND A WILL LIE AND SAY THEY ARE DONE THE WHOLE TIME PEOPLE DRIVING OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND ARE STILL OPPRESSED AND PERSECUTED AND IN NEED OF A FREAKING HOME. DESPISE THANK YOU MISTER HAYNES. >>>NEXT UP IS J HOLLINGSWORTH FOLLOWED BY BETTY JEAN WILLIAMSON AND THEN, WE WILL HEAR FROM BOBBY GEIGER, DESPITE I’M A MOHICAN TRIBAL MEMBER AND I GIVE THANKS TO THE DUWAMISH PEOPLE, FOR THEIR USE OF THEIR LAND HERE. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>JOHN T’S BROTHER. I HAVE STOOD AND WORKED FOR JUSTICE WITH HIM, FOR NINE YEARS NOW. SO, THE FEDERAL JUDGE HAD SOME COMPLAINTS ABOUT POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. IN HIS DECISION LAST MAY. HE TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUES REGARDING THE 180 DAY STIPULATION, ON INVESTIGATIONS. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE ARBITRATOR BEING ABLE TO OVERTURN THE DECISION OF A 30 YEAR PROFESSIONAL OFFICER, AS THE POLICE CHIEF. SO THOSE WERE THE ISSUES THAT HE SPOKE TO, FOR KEEPING THE CONSENT DECREE OPEN, AND OUT OF COMPLIANCE FOR THE CITY OF SEATTLE. SOME OTHER THINGS I THINK WE CAN GO BEYOND, POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION IN 2017. WE NEED TO END THE SHOOT TO KILL TRAINING, WE NEED TO END THE SHOOT PEOPLE, WHO CARRY KNIVES. WE NEED TO HAVE THE SUBJECT EXPERT CHOSEN BY THE OPA, THE CPC AND OIG. TO HELP WITH YOUR NEGOTIATIONS. GETTING TO RIDE UP FRONT IS MOST IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THERE ARE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS CALLED OPENERS, WHICH CANNOT BE OPENED DURING THE PROCESS. RIGHT FROM THE START YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE LIST OF THINGS TO NEGOTIATE, FOR THE CONTRACT SET IN PLACE. AND HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL INCLUDE FULLY THE 2017 POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION. AND I THANK YOU ALL. >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>NEXT UP IS BETTY JEAN WILLIAMSON, FOLLOWED BY BOBBY, THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM LYNN BORDEAUX. >>THANK YOU, COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES. MY CONCERN IS THAT THE NEXT SEATTLE POLICE GUILD CONTRACT MUST ADHERE TO THE SEATTLE ORDINANCE 125, 315, WHICH HAS BEEN REFERRED TO OFTEN AS THE ORDINANCE FROM 2017. WHILE I AM NOT A SPECIALIST IN HUMAN RESOURCES, IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT NOW CIVIL SERVICE CONTRACT SHOULD SUPERSEDE THE LAW. I UNDERSTAND THAT, ALL OTHER CITY CONTRACTS AND WITH A STATEMENT THAT SHOULD ANY PORTION OF THE AFORESAID CONTRACT THE CONTRARY TO THE SOVEREIGN LAW OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THAT PORTION IS NULL AND VOID. IT TROUBLES ME DEEPLY THAT AFTER SIX YEARS OF DILIGENT WORK BY THE SEATTLE POLICE COMMISSION, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND HIS LEGISLATIVE BODY, TO DRAFT LEGISLATION TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONSENT DECREE, THAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE ATTORNEY CITY ATTORNEY AND THIS BODY, THROUGH APPROVED PUSH THROUGH A CONTRACT THAT, THE BOTTOM LINE STATES SHOULD ANY PORTION OF THEIR CONTRACT BE CONTRARY TO SEATTLE LAW, THE CONTRACT WOULD HOLD SWAY. AS LONG AS THE POLICE CONTRACT IS ALLOWED TO THWART THE LAW, THERE IS AN APPEARANCE THAT THE POLICE ARE ABOVE THE LAW. AND, THAT PERHAPS, THEY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO SELECT WHICH LAWS TO ENFORCE AND WHEN TO ENFORCE THEM. THAT IS SIMPLY AN ACCEPTABLE. >>THE CITY COUNCIL SET THIS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT, WHEN THEY VOTED TO APPROVE THE LAST CONTRACT, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CORRECT THIS MISTAKE. PLEASE ALIGN THE PUBLIC CONTRACT, ALL PUBLIC CONTRACT, WITH THE LAW, AND REQUIRE SPOCK TO ENFORCE ORDINANCE, ONE, TWO, FIVE, 315. TWO. >>THANK YOU, BETTY JEAN. >>NEXT UP IS BOBBY FOLLOWED BY LYNN BORDEAUX, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM MEGAN MURPHY. >>I’M BOBBY GEIGER, I’M A LONGTIME CITIZEN OF SEATTLE. I LIVE IN ALEX PEDERSEN’S DISTRICTS, I HAVE REALLY BEEN VERY UPSET ABOUT EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE. IT DISGUSTS ME. PARTICULARLY, THAT IT IS DISPROPORTIONATE, TOWARDS PEOPLE OF COLOR, AS WELL AS MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE. I AM A RETIREDCRITIC LEGAL SOCIAL WORKER. I HAVE WORKED IN HARBORVIEW ER, WHERE MANY OUT-OF-CONTROL MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE,, AND WE KNEW HOW TO CONTROL THEM, WITHOUT HURTING THEM. SO, I THINK THAT THEY CAN TALK TO THE POLICE, WOULD BE WISE TO TAKE SOME LESSONS FROM THE PROFESSIONALS THERE, TO LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF CONTROL. I, TOO, THE WOMAN BEFORE ME SAID IT BEAUTIFULLY. I COULD NOT SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THAT. WE NEED TO HAVE THE LEGISLATION OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY, THAT WAS DRAWN UP IN 2017. BE A PART OF THE CONTRACT. AND, THEN, WE WILL NOT ONLY BE DOING ALL OF THE CITIZENS AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT GOOD, WE WILL ALSO BE IN COMPLIANCE, WITH THE DECREE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>ALL RIGHT, WE WILL NOW HEAR FROM LEM FOLLOWEDBY MEGAN MURPHY, AND THEN DIANE YOUR SAKE. ALL THE MICROPHONES ARE WORKING, SO YOU CAN WORK YOURSELF AT HOME AT ANY ONE OF THE MICROPHONE. >>I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THIS HEARING, AND TESTIFY. MY NAME IS LYNN BORDEAUX, I LIVE IN SEATTLE, LAKE CITY ZIP CODE 98125. AND, I WANT TO THANK AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE COMMENTS, MADE BY THE CIVILIAN POLICE OVERSIGHT FOLKS ESPECIALLY I’M SORRY I DON’T KNOW THEIR NAMES, BUT SOMEONE FROM THE OIG AND ALSO FROM THE CPC, VERY MUCH EXPRESSED MY VIEWS ABOUT THIS. WHEN CHARLENE LILES WAS KILLED, I REACHED A TIPPING POINT. I WENT TO THE INQUEST AROUND HER, SHOOTING, AND ICE BEEN FOLLOWING THINGS CLOSELY SENSE, AND IT’S OF DEEP IMPORTANCE TO ME, THE COUNCIL PASSED THIS ACCOUNTABILITY LAW IN 2017, WHICH WAS EXCELLENT. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED. WE NEED IT TO BE ENFORCED. AND SO, WITH BECOMING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS, I HOPE WE WILL RETURN TO A STATE WHERE THE LABOR CONTRACT IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY, AND TRANSPARENCY. THAT WILL BE GOOD NOT ONLY FOR THE CITIZENS, THAT WOULD ALSO BE GOOD FOR THE POLICE FORCE, IF THE CITIZENS CAN TRUST AND HAVE FAITH IN THEM. I AM TERRIFIED. TERRIFIED. WE HAVE SEEN IN SEATTLE, WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN A COMMUNITY LOSES CONFIDENCE AND FAITH AND TRUST IN THE POLICE. AND, WE CAN HAVE VIOLENCE, I DON’T WANT TO GO THERE AGAIN, SO I AM HOPING THAT YOU AND IS A WELL DO YOUR JOB, AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A GOOD ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT CONTRACT WITH THE POLICE UNIONS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>>ALL RIGHT. NEXT, WE WILL HEAR FROM MEGAN, THEN DIANE ERA SAKE, AND THEN POLY G POINT >>THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK. THERE NEEDS TO BE, THE 180 DAY LOOPHOLE, SEVERELY AFFECTED WILLIAM WINGATE AND OTHER VICTIMS, WHO GET NO COMPENSATION WHEN THE POLICE OFFICERS DEAL WITH THEIR SITUATIONS IN A WAY OF ESCALATION, TO THE POINT WHERE THERE IS DAMAGE THAT HAVE BEEN DE-ESCALATED IN A MOTOR MORE APPROPRIATE WAY. THE PEOPLE WHO GATHER THE EVIDENCE SHOULD NOT ONLY BE THE POLICE OFFICERS, THERE NEEDS TO BE A THIRD-PARTY THAT ALSO GATHERS EVIDENCE AND THE EVIDENCE IS SHARED IN A COMMUNITY POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OUT IN THE PUBLIC. I IDENTIFIED STRONGLY WITH CHARLENA LILES, BECAUSE WITH THE POLICE, I WAS IMAGINING THIS HUGE DE-ESCALATION OCCURRING BECAUSE I WAS IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA, AND I BELIEVE I WAS BEING STALKED BECAUSE MY FACEBOOK I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RUSSIAN TROLLS AND IT WAS FREAKING ME OUT AND THEN I WOULD GO TO AA, AND THERE WERE PEOPLE AT THE AA MEETING THAT FELT LIKE THEY WERE STALKING ME, AND I JUST — I WAS SCARED SO I WENT TO THE POLICE, AND I THOUGHT THEY WOULD REFER ME TO A COUNSELOR AND HE DID NOT HAVE A CAMERA ON, THEY NOW HAVE TO WEAR CAMERAS HERE IN SEATTLE, THEY SAID IT WAS LIKE — IF THEY HAD A CAMERA THEY WOULD SEE THE REPORT THAT DHS GOT WAS INCORRECT, BECAUSE MY SON HAD A WINTER COAT ON AND I DID NOT FIGHT THEM AT ALL, I WAS TOTALLY CALM, I’M ALWAYS A TOTALLY CALM PERSON, AND THEY DIAGNOSED ME WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, AS A RESULT IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA, AND I LOST CUSTODY OF MY SON AFTER THREE MONTHS IN THE DHS SYSTEM. AND I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM IN OVER NINE YEARS AND I WAS HOPING FOR DE-ESCALATION. SO, PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME IN AN EVERYDAY WAY CAN SEE, I DO NOT HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIA, I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER, IT’S TOTALLY — I WAS AN AWESOME PARENT I TOOK MY SON TO CHURCH, TO THE PLAYGROUND, EVERYWHERE. AND I WILL NEVER BE COMPENSATED FOR THE LOST TIME. AND IF ONLY THEY HAD A CAMERA ON AND IF ONLY SIOUX CITY, IOWA, HAD A COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION LIKE THEY HAVE HERE IN SEATTLE. LEAVING INTO THE REST FOR CITIES LIKE I’M FROM SO I COULD GO BACK AND TELL THEM LOOK YOU NEED TO GO BE LIKE SEATTLE. I FOUND COMMUNITY HERE DOES NOT CALL ME CRAZY WHEN I THINK I AM BEING STALKED WHICH TOTALLY DE- ESCALATED AND MAKES THE REST OF MY DAY EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE. MAKING SURE SOME KIND OF FREAK OUT THERE STALKING ME POINT >>THANK YOU. >>NEXT FOLLOWED BY POLY G AND THEN NICOLE GRANT. >>GOOD EVENING. I AM DIANA SAKE, ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COALITION, KING COUNTY COCHAIR. DRIVER PHILLIPS IS EXPRESSING DEEP CONCERN ABOUT OUR CITIES BROKEN POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM, AND, PUTTING THE CITY UNDER OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSENT DECREE AND CONSEQUENTLY THE FULL REALIZATION OF REFORMS WITHIN THE 2017 ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE. UNANIMOUSLY PASSED. WITH EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION, BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL TAILOR-MADE TO ADDRESS THE WEAKNESSES OF SEATTLE’S ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM. TO BETTER ENABLE THE CITY COUNCIL AND ACCORDINGLY, AN ADVISOR WITH DEEP KNOWLEDGE, THE ORDINANCE AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS, AND THE COMMUNITIES CONCERNED. WITH A JOINT RECOMMENDATION BY THE CPC, OPA, AND INSPECTOR OF THE — OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. HE MUST BE APPOINTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO HELP SET THE AGENDA AND BE AT THE TABLE WITH THE CITY NEGOTIATING TEAM FROM START TO FINISH, WITH THE CONFIDENTIAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS. WITHOUT THE STEPS OF DEDICATED EXPERTISE TO ASSIST THE CITY, WE FEAR WE ARE ONCE AGAIN GOING TO BE LEFT WITH A CONTRACT WHICH LEADS TO A BROKEN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM AND BROKEN TRUST BETWEEN OUR CITY, POLICE AND COMMUNITY. WE URGE THE CITY WITH THE RESULTING CONTRACT TO FIRST AND FOREMOST FINALLY KEEP ITS PROMISES TO THE COMMUNITY, BRING THE CITY BACK INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSENT DECREE, AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY BY STRENGTHENING TRUST BETWEEN OUR CITY, OUR POLICE, AND OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, DIANE. >>>NEXT UP, WE HAVE PAUL E.G., FOLLOWED BY NICOLE GRANT, AND THEN KENNY STEWART. >>MY NAME IS PAUL E.G. AND TODAY I HAVE COME TO TALK ABOUT THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE COLLECTIVE BELLIGERENCE OF THE SEATTLE CITY GOVERNMENT. THIS CITY HAS FAILED FOR YEARS ON END TO REIGN IN ITS MILITARIZED POLICE FORCE. THE SEATTLE POLICE LED BY MEMBERS OF THE NORTH PRECINCT 2 ARE UNRESTRAINED IN THEIR CAPACITY FOR KILLING, ON RECORD FOR POLICE KILLINGS IN WASHINGTON STATE. LET’S REVIEW THE FACTS. THE POLICE UNION’S CONTRACT HAVE RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE CITIES ABILITY TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM IS TO CONTEST THE JUDGE’S DECISION AND PRETEND THE PROBLEM DOES NOT EXIST AT ALL. MEANWHILE ONLY TWO YEARS AGO, THE NORTH PRECINCT SHOT AND KILLED CHARLENA LILES, A PREGNANT WOMAN AT HER HOME, IN FRONT OF HER SURVIVING CHILDREN. JUST THIS PAST NEW YEAR’S EVE, THE NORTH PRECINCT MURDERED YES EFL ATAGO. VIDEO RECORDED AT THE MOMENT OF SURRENDER, ARMS OUTSTRETCHED MIDSENTENCE AS HE SAID I AM NOT REACHING, THE NORTH PRECINCT SHOT AND KILLED HIM ANYWAY. A BULLET TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD EXECUTION STYLE. >>IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, IS ACCUSED OF CRIME ARE GUARANTEED A FAIR TRIAL, BUT THE NORTH PRECINCT HAS FREED THEMSELVES OF SUCH ENCUMBRANCES TO COMMIT EXTRA DIGIT JUDICIAL KILLINGS. NOW THE MAYOR SAYS THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS HER FULL SUPPORT. MAYOR DURKIN, THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS MORE OVERSIGHT, NOT LESS. BECAUSE INSTEAD OF CONSISTENTLY ADHERING TO THE REFORMS OUTLINED IN THE CONSENT DECREE, THE SEATTLE POLICE HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN KILLING US. MAYOR, GO FIX THIS POLICE UNION CONTRACT, AND DELIVER TO SEATTLE CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING. >>THANK YOU. >>NEXT UP IS NICOLE GRANT, THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM KENNY STEWART FOLLOWED BY RICHARD HOLE. >>COUNCILMAN GONZALES AND COMMITTEE, NICOLE GRANT FROM MLK LABOR, WE REPRESENT UNIONS IN KING COUNTY, AND, I AM HERE TO THANK YOU FOR PULLING TOGETHER THIS HEARING, AND FOR INITIATING BARGAINING WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT. I DON’T THINK IT IS ACCURATE TO CHARACTERIZE THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS AS COLD KILLERS, BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE NOT. THEY ARE VERY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE. FROM EVERY GENDER AND RACE. IT’S HARD TO LIVE IN A CITY LIKE THIS WHEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE MOVING TO KING COUNTY EVERY YEAR AND INCOME INEQUALITY IS COMPLETE THE OUT OF CONTROL. SUFFERING, RAMPANT HOMELESSNESS. POLICE FROM THE CITY ARE ON THE FRONT LINES HANDLING SEATTLE’S GROWING PAINS EVERY SINGLE DAY. CITY EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING MORE THAN THEY EVER HAVE, NO NEW HIRES, INADEQUATE PAY RAISES. AND, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONTRACT FOR THESE WORKERS. I WANT TO SAY THAT THIS HEARING IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND TAKE TO HEART THAT EVERYTHING SAID IN OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THEM ARE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR LEVEL ENGAGEMENT, AND TO HOPE THAT WE CAN ENGAGE TOGETHER INCLUDING THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT, AND ALL LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN THIS PROCESS I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE DESERVE TO HAVE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS. >>>NEXT UP IS KENNY STEWART FOLLOWED BY RICHARD HALL AND THEN EVELYN CHOW. MISTER STEWART? >>HI, I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE COUNCILMEMBER FOR HAVING THIS HEARING TONIGHT AND ALL THE MEMBERS WHO ARE IN ATTENDANCE. MY NAME IS KENNY STEWART. I AM A CITIZEN OF SEATTLE, I AM A SEATTLE FIREFIGHTER, AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF FIREFIGHTERS UNION LOCAL 27. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF SEATTLE FIREFIGHTERS UNION LOCAL 27 AND WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE UNQUESTIONABLY SUPPORT APPROPRIATE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS OF THE CITY, AND IS BOG TO REACH A CONSENT DECREE FOR THE DOJ. HOWEVER I AM HERE TODAY BECAUSE WE WANT TO PROTECT WORKER RIGHTS. WE HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS REGARDING THE WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION. IN THIS LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 25, 2019, THE CDC RECOMMENDS AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE CITY SHOULD ALLOW A THIRD-PARTY TO DISSIPATE IN BARGAINING. IN THE COMMUNITY. THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL SHOULD NOT CONSIDER SUCH AN IMPROPER INTRUSION INTO THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS. A FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT OF LABOR RELATIONS IN THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT, AND IT WOULD BE INTENTIONALLY UNDERMINING A PROCESS THAT WORKERS LIKE FIREFIGHTERS DEPEND ON FOR OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY. THIS LETTER ALSO CONTAINS SEVERAL OTHER TROUBLESOME RECOMMENDATIONS. JUST CAUSE STANDARD FOR DISCIPLINE, SUCH ASPECTS SHOULD NOT NEED TO BE PROVEN AND THAT DISCIPLINARY HEARING SHOULD BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NOT RIGHT TO HAVE UNPROVEN ALLEGATIONS OF PUBLIC SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VIOLATE THOSE RIGHTS. VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW BY DENYING RIGHTS TO EMPLOYEES. FURTHER, TO DENY APPEALS OF DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS. THE LAST 80 YEARS OF LABOR HISTORY, HAS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED THE IMPORTANCE TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES OF HAVING THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO IMPARTIAL EXPERTS. AS WORKERS, POLICE OFFICERS HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO BE PROVIDED WITH DUE PROCESS AND BE DISCIPLINED ONLY FOR JUST CAUSE AS IS THE CASE WITH FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES. APPROPRIATE DECISION-MAKERS INCLUDE LABOR ARBITRATORS. POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD NOT LOSE WORKER RIGHTS WHEN THEY ARE PUT ON A MATCH. FINALLY, EVEN THOUGH AT THIS MOMENT, THESE CHANGES ARE ONLY DIRECTED AT POLICE OFFICERS LOCAL 27 CONSIDERS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, TO BE AN INCURSION OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS OF LOCAL 27 MEMBERS AND INDEED, ALL CITY EMPLOYEES. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ARBITRATION, DUE PROCESS THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY, RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO APPEAL BAD DECISIONS ARE CRUCIAL TO LABOR- MANAGEMENT RELATIONSHIP AND THE PROPER AND SUSTAINED FUNCTION AND KREGEL SERVICES. I AM HERE AS I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THESE ELEMENTS REMAIN A PRIORITY OF OUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND I THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, KENNY. >>REALLY QUICKLY I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, BEFORE WE CONTINUE WITH PUBLIC TESTIMONY, THAT WE HAVE A FEW MEMBERS FROM THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT IN ATTENDANCE AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR BEING HERE AND LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND AGREEMENT IN PARTICULAR. IT’S NOT EASY TO BE IN A ROOM WHERE YOUR HEARING CRITICISM ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE REALLY DEEPLY PERSONAL TO YOU, FOLKS WHO WERE WITH THE COMMUNITY POLICE OFFICER’S COMMISSION, CHALLENGING THEMSELVES TO BE IN A ROOM WHERE NOT EVERYBODY AGREES AND I THINK THAT THAT IS OFTENTIMES WHAT LEADS TO BETTER AND MORE POSITIVE RESULTS. SO, THANK YOU TO KEVIN STUCKEY FOR BEING HERE AND FOR ATTENDING, AND TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS HERE TO LISTEN, AND TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AND TO ADVANCE WHAT WILL HOPEFULLY BE A COMMON GOAL. SO, NEXT UP IS RICHARD HALL FOLLOWED BY EVELYN CHOW, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM LARRY WYATT. >>THANK YOU, I’M HERE VERY RELUCTANTLY SEATTLE, CITY OF SEATTLE POLICE RESPONDED WITH IMMEDIATE POLICE NEIGHBORHOOD THREE TIMES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DELIVER THIS STORY IN THE TIME BUT THE UPSHOT FROM MY PERSONA, I JUST WANT TO RECITE THAT IN 1995, CITY OF SEATTLE GANG UNIT ALAN SHAHEEN MACED ME FOR HIS OWN AMUSEMENT IN THE BACK OF THE CAR, AND TOLD ME I WAS LUCKY THAT IT WASN’T 10 YEARS AGO WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE USED BATONS, DROVE TO A PARKING LOT, WHERE HE CONSPIRED WITH THE BOUNTY HUNTER HE HAD GONE TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH TO TRY TO INCITE A CONFLICT WITH MY NEIGHBOR, FOR TWO HOURS, WHICH HE FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN DOING, DROVE ME TO THE UNMARKED GANG UNIT PLACE A FEW HUNDRED FEET AWAY DOWN JAMES, AND APPLIED ASSAULT WITHOUT TREATMENT FOR 45 MINUTES, LET ME OUT ALLOWED ME TO WASH MY FACE AND TOOK ME TO THE KING COUNTY JAIL FOR THE NIGHT. TOOK ME TO COURT, WHERE THEN CITY ATTORNEY, BRAND-NEW CITY ATTORNEY STEPHEN GONZALES REVIEWED THE CASE THAT MORNING. SHAHEEN LIED ON THE STAND, AND NOW SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEPHEN GONZALES WAS ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH WHAT HE HAD BEEN PRESENTED WITH WHO STOOD UP AND MOVED THAT THE CASE BE DISMISSED, AND THE JUDGE WHOSE NAME I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REMEMBER TODAY SETS A VERY MOVING WORDS ABOUT HAVING — EVERYONE HAVING JUST SEEN HOW JUSTICE DOES IN FACT WORK. AND I JUST WANT TO SECOND THE REVEREND, AND ASK THAT YOU HEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND BILL BARR, AND REQUIRE ACCOUNTABILITY. THANK YOU. >>NEXT UP, WE HAVE EVELYN, FOLLOWED BY LARRY WYATT, AND COREY. >>HI. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, MY NAME IS EVELYN CHOW I’M AN ORGANIZER AT REAL CHANGE. LAST YEAR WE CAME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CONTRACT AND I’M HERE TONIGHT TO REITERATE THAT TO THE COUNCIL, THAT THE CONTRACT IN ITS CURRENT FORM WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW POLICE OFFICERS TO FILL OUT HARASS AND BRUTALIZE THE COMMUNITY WITH IMPUNITY. WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE CBC AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND COALITIONS THAT HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS CONTRACT, SUCH AS THE ACLU OF WASHINGTON, PUBLIC DEFENDERS, COMMUNITY PASSAGEWAYS, MOTHERS FOR POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY, KING COUNTY COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS, AND MORE, ALL OF WHOM HAVE POINTED OUT THAT THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, THAT THERE IS A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN THE CONTRACT. WHILE WE SUPPORT CONTRACT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACILITATED CONTRACT INVALIDATED BY THE JUDGE. NOT BE ALLOWED TO OVERRIDE THE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND VENDORS AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBER? SPEARING TIME AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE. POLICING EMPOWERS THE STATE TO ENFORCE LAW AND SOCIAL CONTROL TO THE USE OF FORCE. AS WITH OUR VENDORS AT REAL CHANGE WE HAVE SEEN TOO OFTEN THE WAYS IN WHICH FORCE IS UNWARRANTED, AND AN ABUSE OF POWER. ESPECIALLY WITH THE NAVIGATION TEAM WHICH CONDUCT INHUMANE SWEEPS. SIMILARLY, POLICE FORCES HAVE BEEN USED TO KEEP BLACK BROWN AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN A STATE OF FEAR, AND TO KEEP POOR WORKING-CLASS AND UNHOUSED PEOPLE UNDER CONSTANT SCRUTINY. WE NEED THE COUNCIL TO TAKE THE CBC’S RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT THE CONTRACT SERIOUSLY. TO UNDERSTAND SPD IS UNDER LITIGATION FOR USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE AND EFFECT OF DISCIPLINARY MEASURES, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, EVELYN. >>>NEXT UP IS LARRY, FOLLOWED BY COREY, AND THEN JESSICA STELZER. >>MY NAME IS LARRY WYATT, AND THIS IS MY HOME, I’VE LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE. I WORKED 30 YEARS OUT OF LOCAL 242 IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, AND AT THE TIME THAT I WAS WORKING DOWN THERE, ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS MARK LEE LYNN JURGENSON, A RETIRED DEPUTY FEDERAL MARSHAL WORKED OUT OF THE COURTHOUSE DOWNTOWN HERE, IN SEATTLE. AND, MAYBE YOU RECOGNIZE THAT NAME, JURGENSON, HIS SON IAN WAS JUST RELEASED FROM JAIL A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE WAS THE OWNER OF THE FOUNDATION NIGHTCLUB, AND HE WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG COUNTS THERE. I THINK THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH MY CASE. I WAS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME ARRESTED THREE TIMES IN A WEEK AND A HALF. ONE OF THEM WAS RIGHT DOWNTOWN HERE, IN SEATTLE, AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND I WAS BEATEN DOWN BY SECURITY GUARDS THERE. THE FIRST ONE WAS IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH AT BURIEN, THEN ON THE THIRD LETTER SENT TO MILITARY SWAT TEAM TO MY HOUSE. THE CHARGES AGAINST ME WERE 15 COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS. AND, THERE WAS ALSO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE THROWN IN, BUT NONE OF IT WAS TRUE, I WAS PROTECTING MYSELF FROM THEM, BECAUSE THEY WERE COMING IN ON ME AND NOT NEGOTIATING. AND, I HAD TO OPEN FIRE WITH HUNTING RIFLES I HAD IN MY ROOM. AND, I KNEW THAT THE ONLY WAY I CAN SURVIVE IS, IF I COULD NOT LET THEM GET A SHOT AT ME BECAUSE I WOULD NOT BE HERE NOW. I’M A SURVIVOR. I AM AN ADVOCATE FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ALL THIS STUFF THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON. THEY FOUND ME INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL, AND THAT IS JUST A TOOL THAT THEY USE, KING COUNTY USES THIS TO TAKE CARE OF PROBLEMS THAT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO SOLVE OTHERWISE, THEY DON’T ALLOW YOU TO GO TO TRIAL. THE CONSTITUTION DID NOT WORK IN MY FAVOR, THEY SENT ME TO WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL, FOR TWO YEARS. I DID NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATION, I HAVE NO HISTORY OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND I HAVE NO HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, AND I AM THE SAME WAY AS I WAS WHEN I WENT IN I AM IN IT INNOCENT PERSON AND I CANNOT GET ANY LEGAL HELP, NOBODY WILL GO AGAINST THE POLICE. >>NEXT UP IS COREY FOLLOWED BY JESSICA AND THEN DAN. >>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS COREY GELMAN, I’M AN ATTORNEY WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION. AND, I AM HERE TODAY BECAUSE I REPRESENT FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED BY THE POLICE INQUEST PROCEEDINGS. THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT MY JOB, IS THAT FIRST MEETING. THE MEETING, WHEN I SIT DOWN WITH PERHAPS A MOTHER WHO LOST HER SON DAYS OR WEEKS AGO. IN THOSE MEETINGS, THE FAMILIES ASKED ME A LOT OF QUESTIONS. AND, PERHAPS NO QUESTION IS MORE IMPORTANT, THEN WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT FROM SPD’S DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM. AND UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE TO TELL THEM, THAT SPD’S DISCIPLINARY APPEAL SYSTEM HAS SERIOUS FLAWS. AND, THAT IS BECAUSE THE CONTRACT DOES NOT INCORPORATE 2017 ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE. SO, I AM HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION, TO ASK THAT THE NEW CONTRACT BEING NEGOTIATED TO ENABLE FULL OF THE MENTATION OF THE REFORM PROVISIONS ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY THIS COUNCIL IN 2017. HENCE, I AM HERE TODAY TO ALSO ASK THE COUNCIL TO APPROVE IN HIS IN THE NEGOTIATIONS TO ICBC, OPA, AND OIG, AND WITH A DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM FACE CONTRACT IN THE COMMUNITY. I AM HERE TODAY, SO THAT WHEN I SIT DOWN WITH THE FAMILY IN THE FUTURE, AND THEY ASKED ME, CAN WE TRUST SPD DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM, I CAN GIVE THEM A DIFFERENT ANSWER THANK YOU. >>NEXT UP, WE HAVE JESSICA, FOLLOWED BY DAN ROACH, AND MARIA FROM LOW. MY NAME IS JESSICA, AND I APPRECIATE EVERYONE’S COMMENTS TONIGHT. I APPRECIATE THE TO POLICE WHO SHOWED UP TONIGHT. I THINK THAT SHOWS THAT YOU CAME ON YOUR OWN ACCORD, I APPRECIATE THAT. I DEFINITELY AM IN FAVOR OF A THIRD INDEPENDENT BOARD OF REVIEW WITH AN INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR. AND, I ALSO AM MOSTLY HERE TO LEARN BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE CONTRACT, SO I CANNOT SPEAK TO THOSE. I DO THINK THAT WE NEED MUCH MORE INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT ARE IMPACTED THE MOST. AND, I APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE OF COLOR THAT HAS SPOKEN TONIGHT, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO MUCH MORE OUTREACH, TO REALLY HEAR WHAT THE COMMUNITY CAN TOTALITY ACTUALLY FEELS GOOD I CAN UNDERSTAND THEY MIGHT BE INTIMIDATED TO SEEK BECAUSE EVEN FOR ME IN ALL MY PRIVILEGE I FEEL INTIMIDATED TO SPEAK. I AM NOT SURE IF THERE’S ANYTHING ELSE I WANTED TO SAY I THINK THAT’S IT SO I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. >>ALL RIGHT, NEXT UP IS DAN, FOLLOWED BY MARIANO, AND THEN JEREMIAH BAINBRIDGE. >>THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. >>OF COURSE. SUCH SO, I AM FROM COLOR. YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE THE HIGHER MIKE. THERE YOU GO. >>I AM FROM THE COMMUNITY OF COLOR, MY WHOLE LIFE. THE ONLY THING THAT CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A VIDEO, TO SEE THE MISCONDUCT BY THE POLICE. MY FATHER IS A POLICEMAN. DOES HE HAVE MIXED CONDUCT? ABSOLUTELY. SO, I HEARD ALL THE STORIES. I AM BASICALLY HERE TO SAY THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS CONTRACT WHICH MIGHT BE IN OR OUT OF COMPLIANCE BUT EVEN WITH THIS CONTRACT, POLICE WILL STILL BEHAVE IN A MANNER THAT THEY HAVE BEEN BEHAVING FOR CENTURIES. SO, POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IS A GOOD THING. AND I HAVE THREE IDEALS I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO HELP WITH POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. ONE IS, JUST LIKE THE POLICE HAS NCIC, WE NEED A POLICE DATABASE FOR THE POLICE WHO ARE ACTUALLY ON THE JOB. WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO IT, ANTHONY TOLD ME EARLIER THIS EVENING, AND WE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME ACCESS THAT YOU FOLKS HAVE, TO THIS PARTICULAR DATABASE. SECONDLY, THERE IS A SERVANT PROTECT PEACE THAT IS NONEXISTENT ANYMORE. SO, BEFORE YOU CAN POLICE THE COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE TO SERVE THAT COMMUNITY, THAT MEANS AS A FIREMAN OR EMT OR SOCIAL WORKER OR TEACHER SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THEN TRANSITION TO POLICING. THIRDLY, YOU MUST LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU POLICE. SOMEONE SUGGESTED TO ME, EARLIER, BUT HOW WE OUGHT TO DO THAT BECAUSE THE POLICE CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY. WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY. SO IT’S RUN FOR PROFIT AND DEVELOPERS ARE GETTING RICH. AND, THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND WE NEED TO FIX IT. AND, THE ONLY WAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO FIX IT IS BEING HONEST AND TAKING ACTION. WORDS ARE WORDS AND WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF WORDS FOR A LONG TIME BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING. MORE PEOPLE DIE NOW, IT USED TO BE A PHENOMENON FOR BLACK MALES, TO BE KILLED BY GANG VIOLENCE. NOW, IT’S BEEN OVERTAKEN BY THE POLICE THAT ARE THE PROBLEM. AND THAT IS ALL I WANT TO SAY, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, DAN. >>>NEXT UP IS MARIANO, FOLLOWED BY JEREMIAH BAINBRIDGE, AND THEN MIGUEL. >>GOOD EVENING. I AM MARI ANNA ROMOLO, FORMER UNION CONTRACT NEGOTIATOR. COMPLAINT INSPECTOR, AND RECENT SOCIAL JUSTICE CHANGE AGENT. THANK YOU FOR THE EMAIL INVITE TO SHARE MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY, COMMENTS ON BARGAINING PRIORITIES, AND STAKEHOLDERS APPROACH, CONSIDERATIONS IMPACTING CONCERNS, IN PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY, PUBLIC TRUST, POLICE EMPLOYEE SAFETY, AND STAKEHOLDERS CONFIDENCE. I PRESENT THREE TOPICS TO SHARE, PRIORITY OF CONCERNS, STAKEHOLDERS ROLES, AND BARGAINING PRIORITIES. FIRST, PRIORITIES OF CONCERNS. FOR A FEDERAL JUDGE TO ISSUE STATEMENTS IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE SPD CONTRACT, UNDERMINES ACCOUNTABILITY REFORMS. PUTTING CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OUT OF COMPLIANCE, WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONSENT DECREE. TWO, STAKEHOLDERS RULES WHICH INCLUDES ALL. REVIEW DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ARTICLES, CAUSING REASONS, THE CITY OF SEATTLE, SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILD, AND SEATTLE POLICE MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATIONS CONTRACT LANGUAGE IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE. AND, REQUEST FEDERAL JUDGE ASSIGNED CONSENT DECREE CONTRACT LANGUAGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMPLIANCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND SHARE. THIRD, STAKEHOLDERS BARGAINING PRIORITIES. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TO SECURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONSENT DECREE. SCOPE REQUIREMENTS. AND, STAKEHOLDERS CONFIDENCE, WHILE ALSO SUPPORTING THE RIGHT OF UNIONS TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN, LEGITIMIZING CITY OF SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILD. ENCLOSE, NEGOTIATION PRIORITIES VALIDATE AND MEET REGULATORS LEGAL OR SOCIAL REQUIREMENT FACTORS, TO INFLUENCE AN ORGANIZATION’S ONGOING OPERATIONS AND VALIDATE BUSINESS AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE EFFECTIVENESS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. NEXT UP IS JEREMIAH, FOLLOWED BY MIGUEL MY ASKED US, AND THEN SHANNA CHANG. >>GOOD EVENING, MY NAME IS JEREMIAH BAINBRIDGE, I AM THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS SEATTLE HERE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MY ORGANIZATION TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY, POLICE HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO THE FRONT LINE OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE, BOTH IN OUR CITY AND NATIONALLY. THIS HAS RESULTED IN A LOT OF TRAGEDIES, THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. PEOPLE LIVING WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION THAT IS UNTREATED OR 16 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY POLICE GUN VIOLENCE, AND POLICE VIOLENCE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HAVE LONG-TERM ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF AN INDIVIDUAL, AND THOSE WHO HAVE A SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. HELPLINE ROUTINELY RECEIVES CALLS, EVERYTHING OKAY, EVERY WEEK, FROM PARENTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND ALL MEANS, LOOKING FOR ANY WAY TO HELP THEIR CHILD IN CRISIS, WITHOUT CALLING THE POLICE. THIS IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE MODEL, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR POLICE FORCE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE, SO THAT PEOPLE NOW THAT POLICE ARE A VIABLE OPTION IF THERE IS NO OTHER TO HELP A PERSON WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS, EXPERIENCE CRISIS DID I AM NOT HERE TO DECLARE I NOTICED DECRY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THERE ARE SOME AMAZING INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK IN A SPEEDY, DOING VERY GOOD WORK. AND WHO HAVE BECOME PARTNERS WITH US. BUT, FOR THOSE PARTNERSHIPS TO HAVE MEANING, AND TO HAVE INTEGRITY, HIGH STANDARDS OF ACCOUNT ABILITY AND OVERSIGHT ARE ESSENTIAL. WE CANNOT GO BACK TO HAVING TO CONSOLE ANOTHER PARENT. I DO NOT WANT TO PROCESS ANOTHER DONATION THAT COMES IN IN MEMORIAM FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED IN POLICE VIOLENCE. IN ORDER FOR US TO BE ABLE TO PROMOTE STRONG COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, WE REQUIRE TRANSPARENCY, OBJECTIVITY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY, FOR THOSE FEW BAD ACTORS WHO MAY STAIN AND FURTHER DRIVE THE FISSURE THAT HAS DEVELOPED BETWEEN PARENTS PEERS AND POLICE AND FURTHER ADDRESSING THE CRISIS OF MENTAL HEALTH WE HAVE IN OUR CITY. WE STRONGLY ADVOCATE STRONG OVERSIGHTS AS WE CONTINUE IN THIS CONTRACT SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO HEAL THE FISSURES THAT HAVE BEEN DELIVERED BETWEEN THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE, SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO OUR WORK, COOPERATIVELY, WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, UNDER A STRONG ETHICAL GUIDELINE, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, JEREMIAH. >>>OKAY, NEXT UP IS MIGUEL, FOLLOWED BY SHANNON CHANG, AND RYAN PAUL. >>HONORABLE COUNCIL NUMBERS MY NAME IS MIGUEL MY ASKED AS I AM WITH CENTRAL DELAROSA WHICH WE TRANSLATE AS THE CENTER FOR PEOPLE OF ALL RACES. ON BEHALF OF OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LAURA ORTEGA AND OUR ORGANIZATION, I AM HERE TODAY TO URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE FULL IMITATION OF THE ROOF WORMS IN THE LANDMARK 2017 ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION, AND THAT THESE REFORMS BE BUT BE BARGAINED FOR AS PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS OF THE UPCOMING POLICE CONTRACTS. AS YOU KNOW, THE CPC AND DOZENS OF COMMUNITY GROUPS HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR THIS CITY TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE REFORMS FOR MANY YEARS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS SO FAR JUST FOR THE CHANGES THAT THE CPC HAS RECOMMENDED. MANY YEARS AGO I WAS PRIVILEGED, TO SEE MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS COALITION COME TOGETHER TO BEGIN THE PROCESS THAT HAS LED TO THE LEGISLATION BEING PROPOSED BY THE CPC. AS YOU KNOW, THE CPC PREVIOUSLY ENGAGED LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FROM ALL RACIAL GROUPS, AND IN 18 LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS, TO HEAR THE CONCERNS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND FROM COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE HAD ADDITIONAL BARRIERS TO POLICE SERVICES AND ACCOUNT ABILITY, AND HAVE DISPROPORTIONATELY EXPERIENCED BIAS POLICING AND EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE. OUR CITY STILL HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE LEADING FOREFRONT OF OUR NATION, IN ENACTING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION, ROOTED IN YEARS OF HARD WORK, ANALYSIS ON COMMUNITY INPUT, AND VOICE. POLICE CONTRACTS SHOULD SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED BY THE CPC. THIS WILL NOT ONLY REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST, IT WILL PROVIDE ONE OF THE STRONGEST BLUEPRINTS FOR CITIES ACROSS THE NATION AND TRUE COMMITTEE COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT ON POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY. THIS IS AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF BUILDING AND RESTORING TRUST OF POLICE IN OUR COMMUNITY. FINALLY, WE ARE IN SUPPORT OF A KNOWLEDGEABLE ADVISOR, WITH EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CITY’S POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM, TO BE APPOINTED WITH THE JOINT RECOMMENDATION OF THE CPC, OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY, AND OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. THIS SHOULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, TO HELP SET UP THE BARGAINING AGENDA, AND TO BE AT THE TABLE WITH THE CITY NEGOTIATING TEAM, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>>NEXT UP, WE HAVE SHANNON CHANG, FOLLOWED BY RYAN PAUL, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM EMMA DIETZ. >>HI, MY NAME IS SHANNON CHANG, I AM A RESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL TO SEVEN, AND PEOPLE POWER GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT. THE COMMUNITY IS ARE VISITED BY THE POLICE COMMISSION AND UPCOMING NEGOTIATION OF HIS CONTRACT AND THEY WORKING TO GET SEATTLE BACK INTO COMPLIANCE WITH ITS CONSENT DECREE IN A TIMELY MANNER. I ATTENDED THE MAY 27 MEETING WHERE LANDMARK ADULATION WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AND CELEBRATED BY ALL. THAT IS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR ONE OF THE VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY. THEN, ONLY 18 MONTHS LATER, I ATTENDED THE NOVEMBER 2018 CITY COUNCIL MEETING, WHERE THE MOST RECENT CONTRACT WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE COMMUNITY. IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE 2017 MEETING, THIS ONE FELT HUGELY DISAPPOINTING TO ME. OVER AND OVER I HEARD COMMUNITY MEMBERS COME FORWARD TO SPEAK, AND PLEAD FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE HARD-WON ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM, THAT THE NEW CONTRACT WOULD OVERTURN. NO COMMITTEE MEMBERS STRESSED THAT HE RECOGNIZED AND THE RIGHT IS THE GUILD TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN OPPONENTS MADE THE ARGUMENT OF THIS RITE OUTWEIGHED THE COMMUNITY’S DESIRE FOR A ROBUST ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM. MANY CITY COUNCILMEMBERS TESTIFIED AND MADE SIMILAR STATEMENTS, IGNORING THE FACT THAT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. >>[ APPLAUSE ] >>IN SHORT, HE FELT THAT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WAS SAYING WAS BEING PURPOSEFULLY IGNORED. NOW THERE’S ANOTHER VITAL OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD COMMUNITY TRUST. THE WEARY FROM THIS DRAMA PROCESS, THE COMMUNITY IS STILL HERE, AND WILLING TO ENGAGE TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR EVERYONE. PLEASE LISTEN IN GOOD FAITH TO THE SUGGESTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION AND NO LONGER IGNORE THE PUBLIC’S WISHES, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, SHANNON, NEXT UP IS RYAN, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM EMMA, AND THEN, BETH. >>HELLO, THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE IN ALLOWING ME TO ADD MY COMMENT TO THIS, MY NAME IS RYAN PAUL, I MINISTER KEVIN RESIDENT, I JUST WANTED TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE CALLS FOR GREATER POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY REFORMS. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE COUNCIL TO ENSURE THAT SPD IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSENT DECREE AND TO SEND HIS CONTRACT BACK TO THE MAYOR TO SECURE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES. >>THANK YOU. >>NEXT UP, WE HAVE, FOLLOWED BY BETH, AND THEN HOWARD GALE. >>DEAR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ALL ATTENDEES >>COULD YOU GET CLOSER TO THE MY FLEECE? I’M HAVING HEART >>THERE YOU GO. >>I’M DEBT BETH FROM CHINATOWN COMMITTEE, WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS. OUR POLICE ARE WORKING HARD TO KEEP US SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE. SAFETY IS ALWAYS THE TOP PRIORITY IN OUR LIFE. OUR BUSINESS OWNER AND RESIDENTS, SOME OF US SUFFERED FROM CRIMINALS. THERE ARE THREE INCIDENTS IN MY MIND THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, ABOUT HALF A YEAR AGO, THERE WAS A MENTAL ILLNESS WOMAN, SHOOTING INJUNCTIONS ON 10th AVENUE SOUTH NEXT TO A SUPERMARKET. AND AFTER CALLING 911, POLICE SHOW UP WITHIN FIVE OR 10 MINUTES, AND STOP HER WHILE SHOOTING AND SAVE PEOPLE’S LIVES IN THE COMMUNITY. ANOTHER INCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE BUILDING, WHILE THE BUILDING MANAGER OBJECT ARRIVAL, 911, POLICE SHOW UP IN MINUTES. THE POLICE OFFICER CHECKED ALL THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR THE SUSPECT TO MAKE SURE NO ROBERT IS HIDING AROUND. LAST NIGHT AT AROUND 5:00 P.M., THERE WAS A REPORT FOR TWIN GIRLS MISSING, POLICE SHOW UP WITHIN FIVE OR SIX POLICE CARS AND CHECK THE COMMUNITY DOOR BY DOOR, ALMOST 2 HOURS, AND HELP TO FIND THE GIRLS, FINALLY. IT WAS LUCKY. ALL OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS ARE WORKING HARD, AND THEY ALL DESERVE HONOR. REAL SUPPORT TO HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS, AND WE NEED MORE POLICE ON THE STREET, MORE PATROLS IN SEATTLE AND CHINATOWN COMMITTEE AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, AND MINIMIZE CRIMINAL ISSUE, AND CRIMINAL RETURNS. NO ONE WANTS TO BE A VICTIM IF OUR POLICE DO NOT GET ENOUGH POWER TO STOP THE CRIME ISSUE AND MORE CRIME VICTIM. MORE FAMILIES WILL SUFFER. THANK YOU ALL, WORKING HARD FOR A SAFE CITY FOR EVERYONE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>NEXT UP, IS BETH Q, FOLLOWED BY HOWARD GALE, AND THEN NORA CHAN. >>BETH, WAS THAT YOU? OKAY. SORRY, I THOUGHT YOU WERE EMMA. IT WAS THEIR ENEMA? IS THERE AN EMMA DIETZ? NO EMMA. OKAY. I WAS OFF BY ONE. OKAY, HOWARD GALE IS UP NEXT, THEN NORA CHAN, AND THEN JOSEPH LUCKMAN. >>HEY,. I DON’T KNOW IF PEOPLE CAN HEAR ME. HOW MANY PEOPLE HERE, THINGS THAT THEY ARE GIVING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PEOPLE WHO WILL ACTUALLY BE SITTING AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE? >>SITTING WHERE? >>AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. >>IF YOU CAN ADDRESS YOUR COMMENTS TO US I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. >>ARE NOT, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SITTING UP HERE ARE NOT TO BE PLEASED AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT, WHO ARE NOT ELECTED, BUREAUCRATS, THROUGH THE LAST TWO CONTRACTS, IAN WARNER, AN ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY, FOR THE MAYOR, AND A FOR HIRE A LAWYER. SO, WE ARE GIVING FEEDBACK TO THE CITY, AND YES, THE PROCESS WHEN IT COMES TO SITTING AT THE NEGOTIATION TABLE, IS TOTALLY HIDDEN. THAT IS HOW WE HAVE GONE TO A POINT, WHERE, DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE JOHN C WILLIAMS IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE? 26 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED. AT A TIME IN WHICH WE THOUGHT WE HAD ACTUAL ACCOUNT ABILITY. AND LET ME JUST, 58 SECONDS, BUT, HERE IS THE ISSUE. RECENTLY, JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, IT’S BEEN CHARLENA LYLE, ATAGO, DENNY RODRIGUEZ AND RYAN SMITH. KILLED WITH A 2 1/2 INCH KNIFE, ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE I LIVE IN QUEEN ANNE. A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. SO, AGAIN, THERE IS A HUGE DISCONNECT HERE. IN A LOT OF WAYS, THERE IS NO MEASURABLE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT POLICE REFORM HAS BROUGHT, AND YET, WE ARE ASKED FOR OUR FEEDBACK TO GIVE TO PEOPLE AND I WOULD LOVE FOR COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES OR HARRELL, TO TELL US, HOW MANY NEGOTIATION MEETINGS THEY WERE ACTUALLY AT FOR THE SPM A CONTRACT. I THINK THE ANSWER IS CLOSE TO ZERO. SO, AGAIN, NOT ONLY IS THERE A QUESTION OF WHERE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND UP. EVEN IF THEY DO END UP BEING CONSIDERED BY MEMBERS ON THE COUNCIL. THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY TAKEN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. SO, THIS REQUIRES A LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY, AND REALLY, A CHANGE IN PRACTICE, THANK YOU. >>ALL RIGHT, NEXT UP IS NORA CHAN, FOLLOWED BY JOSEPH, AND THEN, JORGE. >>14 HOURS TO COME TO THIS MEETING. SO, IF I START TALKING IN CHINESE OR FALL ASLEEP PLEASE EXCUSE ME. >>HELLO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. I AM NORA CHAN, FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF ACTION IN CHINATOWN, SENIOR INACTION HAVE BEEN WORKING ON PUBLIC SAFETY FOR MANY YEARS. WE ARE LONGTIME RESIDENTS. BUSINESS AND COMPANY OWNERS, WE HAVE THREE PRIORITY CONCERNS. ONE, CITY FUNDED AGENCY IN CHINATOWN, DO NOT REPRESENT US, AND DO NOT LET US KNOW. WHAT IS GOING ON UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE THINKING, AND WANT US TO BE ENGAGED, DO IT IN A LANGUAGE THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND. CONTACT THE ASSOCIATION, TO REACH US. THANK YOU, FOR FINDING A PUBLIC SAFETY COORDINATOR POSITIO FOR THE CHINATOWN INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT. NOW, AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS, THIS POSITION NEEDS UPDATING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, AND SCOPE OF WORK. NUMBER THREE, FINALLY, WE ARE DOING WHAT THE POLICE HAVE ASKED, TO DO SOMETHING OURSELVES, TO IMPROVE OUR SAFETY, SO THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT ONLY ON THEM. ONLY ON THEM. 10 YEARS AGO, THE CHINESE SPEAKING SENIORS RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS DECIDED THAT WE NEED A SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM. FOR CRIME PREVENTION AND TO HELP POLICE CATCH SUSPECTS. THE SENIORS ASKED ME TO ORGANIZE THE PROJECT. OUR FIRST CAMERA PROJECT THAT WAS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN MAKING PEOPLE FEEL SAFER, AND HELPING THE POLICE GET EVIDENCE. WE HAVE ALREADY RAISED $175,000, TO REPLACE THE CURRENT OUT OF DATE CAMERAS, BUT WE NEED HELP FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, FROM THE MAYOR, WE NEED HELP TO FIND A SPONSOR TO HOUSE THE SERVER, THE CITY FUNDED AGENCIES ARE HELPING US ON THESE. WANT HELP US, AND SOME EVEN OPPOSE US. PLEASE HELP US FIND A HOST FOR THE SERVER. WE NEED RESPONSIBLE POLICE AND ALSO CAMERAS TO PROTECT US. I THINK THE POLICE ARE DOING A GREAT JOB IN CHINATOWN, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. AND, THESE PEOPLE, YOU LOOK AT THEM, THEY DO NOT SPEAK ANY ENGLISH AND YET THEY ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THE POLICE, AND SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY IN CHINATOWN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>NEXT UP IS JOSEPH FOLLOWED BY JORGE. >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES. THIS EVENING I’M HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ASIAN COUNSELING AND REFERRAL SERVICE, TO EXPRESS OUR RELIEF AND STRONG POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. IT IS KEY TO RACIAL JUSTICE, AND ESPECIALLY FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, FOR BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES INCLUDING SOUTHEAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES, SUCH AS TOMMY LEE AND JOSE VALADAO GO, WHO ARE BOTH VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE. TOMMY LEE WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE BACK, AND IN MY PERSONAL CAPACITY, I WILL BE TESTIFYING IN HIS CASE. WHAT I WANT TO SPEAK TO HERE THOUGH, IS I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE CITY MUST NOT ROLLBACK THE PROVISIONS OF THE 2017 POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE AND NOT USE THEM AS BARGAINING CHIPS IN THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS. I URGE COUNCILMEMBERS TO THINK CAREFULLY, ABOUT HIS WORDS WERE HE SAID THAT THE COURT FINDS THAT THE CITY IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSENT DECREE, WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM, AND ALSO REMIND EVERYONE, BUT THE GOAL SHOULD NOT SIMPLY BE TO MEET THE BARE MINIMUM OF CONSENT DECREE AND GET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THAT. TO ACTUALLY LIVE UP TO THE 2017 IDEALS ARE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE LANDMARK POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION. AND, I FELT IT WAS UNFORTUNATE LAST TIME, THAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS LISTED IN SEVERAL WAYS IS NOT LIFTING UP WHICH IS LIVING UP TO THAT BUT HE DID NOT FEEL LIKE THE COUNCIL HEARD THOSE CONCERNS. REGARDING THINGS SUCH AS SECONDARY EMPLOYMENT, 180 DAY INVESTIGATION LIMITS. APPLYING EQUALLY TO PERSONS OF ALL RANKS. THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR DISHONESTY, AND FOR TYPE III USE OF FORCE, EVEN JUST THE IDEA OF USING YOUR VACATION DAYS, DURING A SUSPENSION. ALL OF THESE THINGS CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY’S LACK OF TRUST IN THE POLICE, AND WE HOPE THAT MOVING FORWARD, YOU WILL LIVE UP TO THE 2017 HIGHLIGHTING ORDINANCE, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, JOSEPH. >>>OKAY, NEXT UP, WE HAVE JORGE, FOLLOWED BY ELI, AND THEN STEPHANIE COOPER. >>>COUNCILMEMBERS, I’M THE RIGHTS PROJECT, I’M OFFICIATING THE TIME YOU’RE TAKING TO HAVE HIS HEARING, AND BEFORE THE PROCESS GETS STARTED. FOR THE PAST DECADE OUR ORGANIZATION HAS JOINED ME IN COMMITTEE PARTNERS ARE HERE CALLING FOR REFORMS TO ENSURE THAT POLICING IS CONDUCTED IN A CONSTITUTIONAL MATTER. OUR ORGANIZATION WAS AN ORIGINAL SIGNATORY TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WHICH LED TO ITS INVESTIGATION OF SPA, AND CONSENT DECREE AND OUR INVOLVEMENT BEGAN WHEN ONE OF OUR OWN CLIENTS WAS SUBJECTED TO EXCESSIVE FORCE AND WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY AN SPD OFFICER NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO. I AM HERE, ON BEHALF OF OUR ORGANIZATION TO ASK THE CITY FOR TWO THINGS. FIRST, THERE ARE THINGS YOU HAVE HEARD ALREADY TODAY BUT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE, TO ENSURE THAT THE UPCOMING NEGOTIATION WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILT BE CONDUCTED TO ENSURE THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REFORM CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE IN 2017, AND SECOND, FOR THE CITY TO ENGAGE IN SERVICES WITH AN ADVISOR WHO HAS DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE SYSTEM AND ORDINANCE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS ADVICE SHOULD BE JOINTLY ADMITTED BY THE THREE OVERSIGHT BODIES, THE OPA AND OIG, AND THAT THE ADVISORS SHOULD BE APPOINTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THEY CAN ASSIST THE CITY IN THE FORMATION OF ITS AGENDA, AND BE AT THE TABLE FOR THE ENTIRE PROCESS. WE BELIEVE BOTH OF THESE ELEMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE REFORMS THE CITY HAVE UNDERTAKEN CAN TAKE ROOT SO THAT WE AS A CITY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS THE GOAL OF POLICING BEING CONDUCTED IN A MANNER BEING ADDED WITH CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS. WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THE RIGHTS OF UNION WORKERS ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS. WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE INTERESTS OF UNIONIZED WORKERS ARE OR SHOULD BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE INTEREST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND HAVING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BE RESPECTED, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT IF THE RIGHT ELEMENTS ARE IN PLACE, AN AGREEMENT THAT RESPECTS BOTH SETS OF INTEREST CAN BE ACHIEVED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. >>>NEXT UP WE HAVE ELI, AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT, WILL BE STEPHANIE COOPER, AND THEN, HIRAM SIMPSON. >>HELLO, THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. MY NAME IS ELI GOSS, AND THE SENIOR POLICY MANAGER AT ONE AMERICA WE ARE A IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ORGANIZATION HERE IN WASHINGTON STATE WORKING ON ADVOCACY, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND CITIZENSHIP SERVICES AND WE ARE HERE ALONG WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN SUPPORT OF INCLUDING THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS IN THE UPCOMING CONTRACT, ALONG WITH A THIRD- PARTY ADVISOR JOINTLY RECOMMENDED, BY THE CPC, AND OIG. ONE AMERICA SUPPORTS THE 2017 ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS, UNEQUIVOCABLY. AND, THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THROUGH IN THE UPCOMING CONTRACT, BECAUSE IT RELIES ON YEARS OF NEGOTIATION, DISCUSSION, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. AND, THAT TRUST NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO BE BUILT. AND, WE ALSO WANT TO ASK THAT IS A CITY THAT HAS WORKED REALLY HARD TO BE A WELCOMING PLACE FOR IMMIGRANTS, ESPECIALLY AS THE CITY COUNCIL IS INVOLVED IN MANY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO REFLECT THAT, INCLUDING THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS AS WELL AS A THIRD- PARTY ADVISOR, WILL BE ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS CONCRETE BUILDING TRUST IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES HERE. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, ELI. >>>NEXT UP IS STEPHANIE. AND AFTER THAT, WE HAVE HIRAM SIMPSON, AND THEN JEREMY. >>THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE FOR THESE MEETINGS ALL THE TIME. THIS IS ONLY MY SECOND ONE BUT THEY ARE USUALLY QUITE COLORFUL. CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY. CLEARLY THERE IS A LOT TO UNPACK HERE AND I LEARNED MORE TONIGHT THAN I KNEW BEFORE, BUT I CAME HERE AS A RESIDENT, REALLY OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR 15 YEARS, SOMEHOW. FIRST IS APARTMENT DWELLERS AND NOW AS CONDO HOMEOWNERS WHICH WE HOPE TO HANG ONTO. WE HAVE SEEN A CHANGE QUITE A BIT. LIVING DOWNTOWN NECESSARILY MEANS THAT WHEN I GO OUT MY DOOR, I DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC, WHATEVER THAT FLAVOR IS OF THE DAY AND I’VE BEEN YELLED AT MY FACE, I HAVE HAD VERY PLEASANT CONVERSATIONS. IT IS ALWAYS VERY INTERESTING. PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT EVERY DAY, THEY ARE ANGRY OR CONFRONTATIONAL OR HAPPY OR BLISSFULLY DRUGGED UP. THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS I’VE SEEN IT MANY CHANGES AND IT IS NOT LOST ON ME THAT THIS IS WHAT THE POLICE DEAL WITH EVERY DAY. I GO OUT TO RUN MY ERRANDS, CATCH A BUS, WALKED TO A DESTINATION ET CETERA. WHEN I COME HOME, I CAN JUST GO BACK TO MY HOME, AND HIDE FROM ALL OF THAT BUT THEY DEAL WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND I’M VERY CLOSE MYSELF WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE POLICE OFFICERS. SO, I AM NOT HERE TO SAY THAT THE POLICE ARE THE BAD GUYS AT ALL. THEY ARE OUT THERE DOING THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BUT I THINK THAT THEY DEAL WITH A LOT AND THAT HAS GOTTEN LARGER AND LARGER, AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT. I THINK THEY WORK VERY LONG SHIFTS, DEALING WITH THINGS I HAVE DEALT WITH FOR TWO HOURS AND BEEN DONE WITH. AND, I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LOT HERE, THERE IS CONTENTION BECAUSE SINCE 2011, THIS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE, AND I THINK THAT THE FACT THAT IT HAS COME DOWN TO THIS ROADBLOCK AND ABILITY, IS WHAT DRAWS ME HERE AND SCARES ME THE MOST, IS THAT THERE IS NOT FANCY. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION ON WHAT IS GOING ON, WHY IS ACCOUNTABILITY THE ROADBLOCK HERE? BECAUSE WITH WHAT OFFICERS GO THROUGH EVERY DAY, AS CITIZENS, AND WE ALL HAVE TO STAY UNDER THE RULE OF LAW WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE LAW AND I THINK THAT EQUIPPED POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD AS WELL. I REALLY WONDER IF THE SOLUTION TO ALL THESE PROBLEMS IS TAKING AWAY THE ACCOUNTABILITY. I THINK THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO, AND TO TAKE AWAY OUR TRUST AND WHAT KEEPS US SAFE HERE IS NOT THE WAY TO GO. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU STEPHANIE, NEXT UP IS BYRON, FOLLOWED BY JEREMY KISCO, AND THEN DIRECTOR CURRENTLY. >>THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TONIGHT. MY NAME IS BYRON SIMPSON, EXCUSE ME. AS COCHAIR ON BEHALF OF THE SEATTLE LGBTQ COMMISSION. I’M HERE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH COMMUNITY COALITIONS WHO FOR YEARS HAVE BEEN LEADING THE FIGHT FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IN SEATTLE. AS OTHERS HAVE SHARED THIS EVENING, THE URGENCY OF THIS MATTER IS ITS DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT. POLICE MISCONDUCT AND LACK OF ACCOUNT ABILITY HAS ALREADY OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH BLACK AND BROWN NEIGHBORS, STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND YES, OUR CLEAR COMMUNITY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THOSE WHO HOLD TWO OR MORE OF THESE IDENTITIES AT ONE TIME. WE BELIEVE THE POLICE ACCOUNT ABILITY ORDINANCE PASSED IN 2017 IS THE BLUEPRINT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OUR CITY, AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL CONSENT DECREE REQUIRES REOPENING PORTIONS OF THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS GUILD CONTRACT, THAT BLATANTLY UNDERMINED IT BY NAMING THE CONTRACT AS PROPELLING WHEN THERE IS CONFLICT WITH THE ORDINANCE. ROBUST ACCOUNTABILITY HELPS POLICE OFFICERS. WE URGE COUNSEL TO RESPECT THE OFFICERS BY HOLDING THEM TO HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM, JUST AS ACCOUNTABILITY. >>THANK YOU. >>>NEXT UP IS JEREMY, AND THEN, WE HAVE ANDRA. >>THANKS EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE AND STICKING AROUND TO LISTEN, I WILL TRY TO BE QUICK. MY NAME IS JEREMY, I’M A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST, I SPECIALIZE IN WORKING WITH THE SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, AND BOTH KING AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES. UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE SEEN THAT A LOT OF TIMES, POLICE GET USED AS LANDSCAPERS FOR LANDLORDS AND HOMEOWNERS, ESPECIALLY FOR MY CLIENTS. THE THINGS I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THAT REALLY BROKE MY HEART, SUCH AS A CLIENT OF MINE ARRESTED FOR NOT RETURNING THEIR LIBRARY NECESSARY, NOT RETURNING A LAPTOP TO THE LIBRARY ON TIME. IT IS A COMPLETELY THIS PROPORTIONATE RESPONSE. AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I HAVE WORKED WITH EVERYBODY YOU THINK IS SCARY ON PAPER. SEX OFFENDERS, PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, PEOPLE WHO HAVE LITERALLY BEEN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED TERRORIST ACTS, PEOPLE ASK ME IF I’M AFRAID TO GO WORK WITH THEM, AND NO. BECAUSE THEY ARE HAPPY TO SEE ME BECAUSE I’M THE ONLY PERSON IN THEIR LIFE WHO SHOWS UP AND ASKS HOW I CAN HELP. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE OFFICER TRAINING, SUCH AS THE QUOTE UNQUOTE WARRIOR TRAININGS OR OTHER OFFENSE FIRST TRAINING PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS LATELY WE NEED TO BAN THOSE COMPLETELY FOR OFFICERS. WE SHOULD DEFINITELY UTILIZE ALL THE RESOURCES WE HAVE IN SEATTLE, THERE IS AN AMAZING TRAINING COMMUNITY HERE, FOR ANY KIND OF MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES THAT OFFICERS WANT TO CONNECT WITH. AND. THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY REALLY QUICKLY, BECAUSE I HEARD OTHER PEOPLE MENTIONED POLICE MOONLIGHTING AS AN ISSUE. I’M A THERAPIST. I AM LIABLE FOR MEETING A CERTAIN STANDARD OF CARE WITH MY CLIENTS. AND, THE THINGS I DO IN MY TIME AWAY FROM WORK EFFECT MY TIME AT WORK. SO IF A POLICE OFFICER IS MOONLIGHTING, THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING REALLY LONG HOURS. REALLY DIFFICULT JOBS I HAVE SEVERAL OFFICERS I SYMPATHIZE WITH I WANT YOU GUYS TO HAVE A GOOD UNION AND GET YOUR RAISES. AND WITH THAT, DON’T BE DOING WORK ON THE SIDE, YOU SHOULDN’T NEED IT. CIRCUMNAVIGATE FOR YOURSELF, BUT ALSO MONITOR YOURSELF. THANKS. >>ALL RIGHT. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, >>THANK YOU, IT IS MY HONOR TO BE HERE TONIGHT, AND SPEAK TO THE COUNCIL. WITH YOU ALL. AND I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE. I AM ALSO HERE AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN, AND ON BEHALF OF THE LAURA MILLER BAR ASSOCIATION. FIRST, I DON’T THINK ANY REASONABLE PERSON EXPECTS THE POLICE TO SHOW UP, NOT READY OR WILLING OR ABLE TO HOLD HIMSELF ACCOUNTABLE. AND, TO MAKING SURE THAT THEY DO NOT COMMIT LEASE BRUTALITY. I THINK THAT PEOPLE CALL THE POLICE HOPING THAT THEY WILL DE- ESCALATE AN ISSUE, NOT ESCALATE AN ISSUE. THE CURRENT CONTRACT DOES NOT HOLD POLICE ACCOUNTABLE, AND DOES NOT ENCOURAGE THE POLICE TO DE-ESCALATE ISSUES AND IT DOES NOT INCENTIVIZE THEM TO BE ON THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR, WHILE ENFORCING THE PUBLIC SAFETY OF OUR CITY. >>TONIGHT, WE ARE ASKING YOU TO UPHOLD YOUR COMMITMENT TO HOLD THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEY FAIL IN THEIR DUTY TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY. THE NEW CONTRACT MUST BE NEGOTIATED TO ENABLE FULL OF THE MENTATION OF THE ROBUST REFORM PROVISIONS UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED IN THE ACCOUNTABILITY ORDINANCE PASSED IN 2017. CONTACTED AROUND THE ACCOUNT ABILITY ORDINANCE WHICH IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, TO NOT NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. SPAGO KNEW WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO. THEY NEED A LANGUAGE THAT NEEDED TO BE IN THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, AND THEY KNEW THAT IT WAS PERTINENT THAT THE ORDINANCE BE REFLECTED IN THAT BARGAINING AGREEMENT, AND BREACHED THEIR DUTY. UNACCEPTABLE? THIS IS NOT NOBLE. YOU SHOULD LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF NOBILITY. AND YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU ARE NOBLE, THEN YOU WILL WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND TODAY, WE CAN WRITE THAT WRONG. WE ASKED THE CITY TO USE THIS EXTERNAL ADVISOR IN THE NEGOTIATIONS HE HAS DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE ACCOUNT ABILITY SYSTEM AND THE ORDINANCE, POLICE CONTRACTS AND NEGOTIATION, THAT THEY GO OFF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THREE OVERSIGHT BODIES, OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. AND, THE ADVISOR SHOULD BE BROUGHT IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ACCOUNTABILITY IS GOOD FOR THE POLICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE CITY. THE COMMUNITY HAS NOT STEERED YOU WRONG EVEN WHEN THEY TOLD YOU THE THINGS YOU DID NOT WANT TO HEAR. PLEASE HERE ARE ASKED TONIGHT, BECAUSE THE POLICE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, SO THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOB. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>>OKAY, SO, >>I’M THE LAST PERSON WHO FORMALLY SIGNED UP ON THE SIGN IN SHEETS. BUT, I WANT TO DO ONE LAST CALL, IF YOU ARE HERE WITH US THIS EVENING AND DID NOT GET A CHANCE, TO SIGN UP AT WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A PUBLIC COMMENT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME FORWARD, THE ONLY THING THAT WE WOULD ASK IS THAT YOU MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR NAME DOWN ON THAT SIGN-UP SHEET, AFTER YOU GIVE YOUR TESTIMONY, SO THAT WE HAVE IT FOR THE PUBLIC RECORD. I SEE ONE PERSON, COMING UP TO THE FRONT. PLEASE. >>CARLA BOYER, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST MAKE NOTICE, FOR EVERYONE, THAT THIS YEAR, SO FAR. 37 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY POLICE IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL WAS 30. AND, I ALSO WANT TO JUST SAY THAT I AM A RELATIVE NEWCOMER TO ACTIVISM. AND, POWERFUL ACTIVISM IS BASED IN INFORMATION AND UNDERSTANDING, AND SO I AM BUILDING MYSELF UP IN THAT WAY. SO, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT, I DON’T UNDERSTAND, WHEN COMMUNITY. WHEN COMMUNITY VERY CLEARLY WISHED FOR THIS CONTRACT TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE CONSENT DECREE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE COUNCIL SUPPORTED A CONTRACT THAT WAS OUT OF COMPLIANCE. WERE YOU NOT LISTENING TO COMMUNITY? I THINK YOU WERE, BUT WHO ELSE WERE YOU LISTENING TO? SO, I AM ASKING, THOSE COMMUNITY VOICE HAVE POWER? >>THANK YOU, CARLA. OKAY. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO OFFER PUBLIC TESTIMONY BEFORE WE CLOSE PUBLIC TESTIMONY? SEEING NO ONE, ALL RIGHT. SO, WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING PORTION OF THIS COMMITTEE HEARING. IT IS NOW CLOSED. I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR COMING OUT, WE HAD A VERY FULL ROOM, AND WE STILL HAVE LOTS OF FOLKS WHO ARE HERE, AND WHO ARE WILLING TO LISTEN THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME THIS EVENING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR SECURITY GUARDS WHO WERE HELPING US OUT TODAY, AND STAYED LATE THANK YOU ALL. AND I REALLY WANT TO THINK MY STAFF, CODY WRITER, BRENNA THOMAS, LEELAND, AND ALL OF THE OTHER CITY COUNCIL STAFF WHO VOLUNTEERED TONIGHT, AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY ENTITIES, THE COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION, THE OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR BEING WITH US, THE DIRECTORS WERE HERE BUT SO WERE COMMISSIONERS, AND SOBER STAFF. FROM THOSE OFFICES. SO, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE HARD WORK THAT YOU ALL DO EVERY DAY AS PUBLIC SERVANTS ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE, TWO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THESE THINGS RIGHT. SO, AGAIN THIS IS A FIRST CONVERSATION, IT IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING, WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS CONVERSATION IN THE NEW YEAR. OF COURSE WE ONLY HAVE A COUPLE OF WEEKS LEFT OF THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR THIS YEAR FOR THE CITY COUNCIL, BUT, REST ASSURED, THAT WE ARE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU IN THE NEW YEAR, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK IN EARNEST AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU ALL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO US, AS AT LEAST THE THREE OF US WILL BE HERE NEXT YEAR. TO OVERSEE THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS. WITH THAT BEING SAID, COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL, THIS WILL LIKELY BE HIS LAST MEETING, AS THE CHAIR OF THE LABOR COMMITTEE AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE ON THE LABOR RELATIONS POLICY COMMITTEE WE WANT TO THANK COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL FOR HIS WORK, IN THE COMMITTEE AND ON THESE ISSUES I THINK YOU ARE A TWO-TIME PUBLIC SAFETY CHAIR AS WELL. AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK HIM FOR ALL THE GUIDANCE AND FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE, IN THE SPACE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND ON THIS ISSUE IN PARTICULAR. AND I HOPE THAT YOU ALL WILL JOIN ME IN GIVING HIM A ROUND AND HIS TIME WITH YEARS OF ON, SERVICE. COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL? >>ONE THING, CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I MARVEL AT YOU FROM THE SIDELINES, SOMETIMES. THE LAST WOMAN THAT SPOKE, I THINK SHE LEFT. THE LAST PUBLIC SPEAKER. I WISH I WOULD HAVE BEEN BULLIED ENOUGH TO DRESSER. IF YOU KNOW IT DOES MATTER, SHE ASKED THE QUESTION DOESN’T REALLY MATTER? I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU. WHEN WE SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO ALL OF YOU, EVEN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT. WE PONDER. WE TRY TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. WE ARE HUMANS, WE MAKE MISTAKES. BUT, IT DOES MATTER. IF YOU TAKE THE TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE, WHETHER YOU ARE, A CEO OR HOMELESS, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. YOU ARE SPEAKING FROM YOUR HEART AND YOU ARE HUMAN BEINGS WHO MATTER TO US AND I DON’T SEE THAT IN A PATRONIZING WAY. I WISH I WOULD HAVE TOLD HER THAT. HER PARTICULAR TESTIMONY REALLY RESONATED WITH ME, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I WAS BORN IN THE CITY, AND I’VE HAD PEOPLE I WENT TO KINDERGARTEN WITH TESTIFY HERE. SO, IT DOES MATTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. >>THANK YOU COUNCIL PRESIDENT HARRELL. DO ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WANT TO MAKE ANY CLOSING REMARKS BEFORE WE CLOSE OUT AND ADJOURN? >>I THINK THERE WILL BE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. IN THE UPCOMING YEAR, ON THIS ISSUE, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL PARTIES. THANK YOU. >>OKAY, THAT CONCLUDES THIS EVENING’S HEARING, THIS CONCLUDES MY FORTHCOMING HEARING OF THE DAY AT EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT, I WILL ADD. >>YOU DESERVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. >>MY WORD. WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ARE NOW ADJOURNED. THANK YOU EVERYONE.