Archives for 2005

CPRB Case Review Agenda, October 25th, 2005

Federal Intervention in Local Policing: Pittsburgh’s Experience with a Consent Decree

October 11th, 2005

When something goes seriously wrong in one of the nation’s nearly 18,000 local police agencies, usually it is local officials who are responsible for fixing the problem. But when the local political process cannot resolve problems of police misconduct, the federal courts and the U. S. Department of Justice have a variety of powers that allow them to intervene. Congress expanded those powers in 1994, giving the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department the authority to file civil law suits against states and municipalities in the face of a “pattern or practice” of illegal or unconstitutional police actions.

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”.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, September 27th, 2005

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.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, July 26th, 2005

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.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, June 28th, 2005

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.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, May 24th, 2005