CPRB Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of CPRB Board Meetings from 2005 to the present day are available on this page or in a quick reference format, listed one per line.


CPRB Action and Case Status Reports presented at CPRB Board Meetings are archived separately on this site, also available in a quick-reference, compressed format.

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Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on March 28, 2006

Board members received the Statement of Financial Interests issued by the State Ethics Commission to complete and file with the City Clerk by May 1, 2006; Board members commenced a discussion on reports of an increase of fatalities in taser related incidents; The Board discussed the rumored intention of Chief Costa to eliminate the 60 college-credit requirement for police applicants.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on February 28, 2006

Total Intake as of 2/28/06 is reported as 76. The number rose to 88 prior to the Board meeting. We are ahead of last year’s Intake at this time of year by 57%; Mrs. Bianculli attended the South Side Community Council Crime Prevention meeting on February 27, 2006 at the Brashear Center, South Side. The community has seen an increase in quality of life crimes. In particular, there was wide concern about an alleged murder and belief that the police weren’t being candid with the neighbors. In fact, the incident was a suicide and was under police investigation; Pittinger offered a recommendation that the Board sponsor several meetings around the City to accept comment on police related public safety concerns and include the Councilwoman as Chair of Council’s Public Safety Committee and the Chief of Police; Ms. Hinton previously requested a courtesy meeting with Mayor O’Connor and is awaiting a time and date.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on January 24, 2006

Ms. Hinton introduced the new CPRB Investigator, Tamara Lefcowitz; The Board’s election of a Chair and Vice Chair to terms of 2 years each was held at the January 24th Board meeting. Ms. Hinton was nominated as Chair and Mr. Carrington was nominated as Vice Chair for a 2 year term; Ms. Hinton would like to meet with newly appointed, Mayor Bob O’Connor and Chief of Police Dom Costa not as a public meeting rather as an informal meeting; A letter outlining the Jackson/Charmo incident was sent to Judge Joseph James requesting the PA Attorney General to investigate the case; Ms. Hinton received a telephone call from former Board member, Craig Edwards. He was the Assistant Chief at the time of Jackson/Charmo incident and was present as the senior officer on the scene that evening; Ms. Christy Samanski won a civil lawsuit against city police officer; The Black & White Reunion Summit against Racism held their 10th annual event Saturday, 1/21/2006; Ms. Susan Malie was appointed as new City Solicitor; Board members’, Ms. Hinton and Mr. Bankston, concerns regarding Police Officer Michelle Barkman.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on September 27, 2005

Ms. Hinton introduced and welcomed Board Members, Dr. Mary Jo Guercio, and Ms. Deborah L. Walker; Ms. Hinton presented Mr. Brian Matts with a proclamation for his great work as a CPRB Investigator; Ms. Erin Dalton, Dr. Mary Jo Guercio and Ms. Deborah L. Walker were officially sworn-in by Mayor Murphy on September 13th in the Mayor’s conference room. This is the first time since September 2002 that the Board has enjoyed a full complement of seven members; Ms. Pittinger distributed a report on members’ terms; The Investigator’s position vacated by Mr. Matts’ departure will be posted through October 14th; Ms. Pittinger alerted the Board that they will observe an unusual delay in receiving complaints for review due to the sheer load of investigative work borne by Ms. Gamble as the sole Investigator; Two major upcoming events: Tuesday, October 4, 2005 @ 1:00pm – City Council scheduled a public hearing on the circumstances around the death of Jerry Jackson on April 6, 1995 and Wednesday, October 12, 2005 @ 7:00pm – Premiere of documentary, “Enough is Enough: The Death of Jonny Gammage”.

Notes of the CPRB Meeting scheduled for July 26, 2005

At 6:45 pm Ms. Elizabeth C. Pittinger, Executive Director, conferred with Ms. Marsha Hinton, Chair, to cancel the meeting due to an emergency situation within the Board membership. They noted the absence of the quorum necessary to conduct a regular business meeting.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on June 28, 2005

Ms. Hinton’s letter to Council was delivered on June 1. The letter re-informed Council of the outstanding vacancy in a Council-designated seat and the effective abandonment of the seat held by Mr. Ron Freeman, Council’s LEP designee; Ms. Pittinger gave the Board Members a copy of the PowerPoint presentation she delivered to the Black & White Reunion Planning Committee and the Black Political Empowerment Project (B- PEP). The presentation is focused on the known facts of the Jerry Jackson homicide; We have requested authorization from the Office of Management & Budget to commence the process to hire a full-time investigator; There are five cases to be scheduled for public hearing; The CPRB has received two complaints related to the use of Taser. One complaint was of a mentally challenged individual and the other from a mother about her son being tased.

Notes of the CPRB Meeting scheduled for May 24, 2005

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.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on April 26, 2005

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.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on March 22, 2005

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.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on February 22, 2005

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.