CPRB Briefings

Report: Police Use of Force, Less Lethal Force Options

February 23rd, 2016

Briefing on City Council Police Accountability Legislation

April 28th, 2010

CPRB briefing on pending City Council legislation relating to Police Recording Devices, Police Accreditation, Applicable Incidents Requiring Paid Administrative Leave, Annual Police Service Report and Requiring Compliance to City Code, directing CPRB to investigate critical incidents, directing Chief of Police to receive CPRB findings and recommendations.

Briefing notes for City Council Bills

April 28th, 2010

Several years ago the CPRB recommended acquisition of cameras for patrol vehicles to former Chief McNeilly The cost was prohibitive at the time. Bill 2010-0107 is consistent with the Board’s previous recommendation. Re: Bill 2010-0108 Police Accreditation, CPRB supports the attainment of accreditation by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and acknowledges the affirmative progress being made toward that goal. Re: Bill 2010·0234 Annual Police Service Report, the release of the raw data described in the proposal will allow the interested public to analyze police activity for themselves.

The Group of Twenty: A Presentation to City Council

July 28th, 2009

“Toward hospitable relations among public safety personnel, citizens, and visitors.” The purpose of the briefing is to provide Council and the public with information relevant to the many challenges brought with the privilege of hosting the G20 meeting in September. Most of what will be presented at this meeting has not been publicly explored. The information will afford Council the opportunity to develop an informed perspective and perform its due diligence as the event planning proceeds. Presented at a Pittsburgh City Council Post-agenda meeting by the Honorable Bruce Kraus, Chair, Committee on Public Safety Services, Council of the City of Pittsburgh.

Police Pursuit: Compilation of Briefings

February 26th, 2008

Recently, Members have expressed renewed concern about police vehicle pursuits. The following documents are provided for review and consideration for further action: 1) Briefing prepared by intern Patrick Parsons, Fall 2007; and 2) Police Pursuit Briefing prepared by E.C.Pittinger, submitted to the Citizen Police Review Board on 6/27/2006.

Briefing on Police Pursuit: Nationwide Trends and Policy Recommendations

September 1st, 2007

Much of the work done on police chases is derived from a 1997 National Institute of Justice Study. The Study was conducted by Geoffrey P. Albert and focused on police pursuit policy and the effects of either restrictive vs. permissive policies on pursuit. The NIJ study, along with subsequent studies first view national pursuit policy in abroad categorical way, deriving statistics from analysis of over 737 law enforcement agencies.

Briefing: “Candlelight vigil” outside of a police officer’s residence, the personalized reaction to a public action, and potentially applicable laws

May 25th, 2007

Facts: An anti-war demonstration occurred in Shadyside. Several officers and a Sergeant from Zone 4 were on-scene for crowd control. The nature of the protest changed, and a window of a Marine office was broken. The Sergeant confronted a person who was taking pictures with a cellular phone, during the confrontation the phone was knocked out of the photographer’s hand. The photographer was cited for disorderly conduct. Allegedly, The Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) organized and conducted a “candlelight vigil” in front of the Sergeant’s residence. Although the vigil was orderly and there were no arrests, the Sergeant, his family, and neighbors were inconvenienced by the “vigil”.

Police Pursuit Background Information

June 27th, 2006

Police pursuit is addressed by Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated and related Statutes. It is commonly known as the Vehicle Code.

Update to TASER Briefing issued Spring 2004

February 9th, 2005

In the Spring of 2004 the CPRB issued a briefing on TASER use and supported TASER’s implementation as a less lethal force alternative by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP). The PBP acquired 150 TASER (M26) units and began to deploy them late in 2004. Policies & procedures related to the Use of Force and specifically, governing the use of TASER, were issued by the PBP early in January 2005. During the period between June 1999 December and 2004, at least 84 deaths in which TASER was involved have been reported in the United States and Canada. These deaths have raised serious questions about the safety of TASER and the contributory role TASER may have had in those deaths.

Briefing on TASER Deployment

April 2nd, 2004

The briefing was compiled from a review of various articles, research papers, manufacturer documentation, human rights papers and medical reviews. Less lethal technologies seek to provide alternative tools to police, not replace traditional defensive weapons or eliminate police use of lethal weapons and tactics. They are designed to debilitate or incapacitate human or animal life forms with minimal or no collateral damage. These tools are designed to give a tactical advantage to police.