Archives for 2006

CPRB Case Review Agenda, December 5th, 2006

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on October 24, 2006

Ms. Hinton and Ms. Pittinger met with the Mayor Ravenstahl on 5/31/06. They formally introduced themselves and discussed the role of the CPRB, expectations of the new administration, and anticipation of Chief-designee, Nat Harper; Total Intake as of 10/24/06 is reported as 377; The Bureau of Police is conducting a recruiting drive, 10/16 – 11/27/06; On 10/18/06 a public hearing into Gibbs v. Moss, CPRB #417-05 opened; The investigation into the 5/26/06 and 6/20/06 police pursuit has resumed with the receipt of various materials obtained for the CPRB by OMI from the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center/911.

CPRB Case Review Agenda, October 24th, 2006

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on September 26, 2006

Ms. Hinton acknowledged the death of Mayor O’Connor and extended condolences to his family. On behalf of the Board, she attended his viewing and Ms. Pittinger attended his funeral; Ms. Hinton and Ms. Pittinger anticipate meeting with Mayor Ravenstahl in October; The Board questioned the validity of the psychological screenings administered by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to applicants; The Conscience Group, a neighborhood oriented group, approached the CPRB seeking support of their neighborhood vigilance model; The Citizen Police Academy opened on Wednesday, 9/20/06, at a church in the West End (Zone 3).

Public Hearing on Police Conduct

September 18th, 2006

An advisory hearing to evaluate perspectives on conduct demonstrated toward the public by Pittsburgh Police.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on July 25, 2006

The role of the Street Response Units (SRUs) was discussed briefly. The SRUs are comprised of several uniformed officers deployed to specific areas of the city that are hot spots of criminal activity. They are not bound to Zone boundaries; The most recent police recruit class graduated from the Pittsburgh Police Academy on Friday, July 21, 2006. The 43 new officers received their zone assignments. The class was comprised of 38 white male officers, 1 black female officer, and 4 white female officers; Ms. Hinton and Ms. Pittinger met with the Mayor and Chief of Police on 5/31/06; The CPRB is investigating 2 police pursuits (5/25/06 and 6/20/06). A subpoena to receive taped communications between the officers and 911 personnel was issued to the Allegheny County Emergency Operations’ Chief, Robert Full.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on June 27, 2006

The Board adopted an amended agenda to review material and receive public comment related to police pursuits in the City of Pittsburgh prior to the conduction of regular business; Ms. Pittinger provided Board members with a short briefing on police pursuits. Several members of the public voiced concern about the manner in which police pursuits are conducted, their negative impact on neighborhood life and general concerns related to public safety; On 5/30/06, a private meeting between a representative of the Anti-Sweatshop Alliance and a police representative was facilitated by Pittinger; On 5/31/06, Ms. Hinton and Ms. Pittinger met with the Mayor and Chief of Police; On 6/9/06, Ms. Pittinger met with officials of the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health. Talks resumed with the new City administration to place emphasis on training police officers to deal with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

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.

Jerry Jackson Cover-up Correspondence Compilation

June 21st, 2006

Correspondence involving District Attorney Steven A. Zappala, Jr., Attorney General of Pennsylvania Thomas Corbett, Judge Joseph M. James, Attorney Robert Curran McClenahan, B-PEP chair Tim Stevens, and Coroner Cyril H. Wecht.

Minutes of the CPRB Meeting Held on April 25, 2006

The educational retreat is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Kingsley Community Center, 6435 Franktown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; In response to the Board’s concerns regarding the continued efficacy of TASER, Ms. Pittinger reported that she is researching the increase of nationally reported deaths occurring in temporal proximity to TASER exposure. TASER was deployed by the PBP in late 2004 and it was used only 5 times in 2004. Review of the first year of TASER deployment (2005) by the PBP revealed an effective deployment in terms of significantly fewer injuries to officers and subjects involved in use of force encounters. In contrast, there has been a 75% decrease in the use of OC Spray. It is Pittinger’s impression that, in Pittsburgh, TASER has not been deployed with enough frequency to have reached the threshold of expectation for a serious adverse event.