On Thursday, May 24, 2005 Ms. Elizabeth C. Pittinger, Executive Director, conferred with Ms. Marsha Hinton, Chair, to cancel the meeting due to the absence of the quorum necessary to conduct a regular business meeting.
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Ms. Hinton and the Board submitted a letter to Mr. Freeman regarding his intentions as a Board Member; New business for consideration to render a decision to request Case #: 210-04 recommended the Board to dismiss the complaint due to Statue of Limitation; Board Member Attendance Report from 1999 to 2004 shows City Council nominated incumbents at 59% attendance and Mayoral nominated incumbents at 8.54% attendance; There has been no further action regarding the one Council seat that remains vacant; A motion to withdraw and dismiss Case 282-03 for lack of cooperation was offered by Mr. Bingler, seconded by Mr.Bankston and approved unanimously.
A motion to adopt Ms. Pittinger’s Taser Report to Pittsburgh City Council was offered by Mr. Bingler, seconded by Mr. Bankston and approved unanimously; The Board discussed the remaining vacancy and the status of Mr. Freeman’s participation as a member. Mr. Freeman holds the LEP seat designated as a Council nominee. He was appointed in November 2003, and has not attended any meetings nor served on any hearing panels; David A. Harris, Balk Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, wrote an opinion article in the Post Gazette Sunday edition on March 20, 2005. He was complimentary to the process embraced by citizen oversight of police conduct; The Executive Director requested panel confirmation for the Public Hearing scheduled for April 6, 2005 of Ms. Hinton, Ms. Dalton, and Mr. Bingler; Mr. Billy Jackson has been working on a film-documentary to commemorate the death of Johnny Gammage.
At 6:30 p.m. Ms. Marsha Hinton, Chair, called the meeting to order. She acknowledged the Members present and noted the absence of the quorum necessary to conduct a regular business meeting; The Board held an informal discussion of the Executive Director’s report. The Board discussed City of Pittsburgh Police Bureau taser policies and the Taser Report submitted by Ms. Pittinger to City Council Members.
The board briefly discussed scheduling for upcoming public hearings; The Chair expressed concern with case dismissals seemingly due to loss of complainants, incarceration, loss of interest, officer separation, and other variables. Ms. Hinton said she would like staff to streamline the process so as to avoid the circumstances known to discourage citizens from pursuing their complaints at the CPRB; Factors influencing the length of time a case is at the CPRB were discussed.