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Seeking to boost police transparency, Palo Alto eyes larger role for independent auditor

Original post made on Oct 4, 2020

After voting in December to reduce the scope of the city's police auditor, Palo Alto is now considering moving in the opposite direction and allowing the auditor to review a wider array of use-of-force incidents and internal conflicts.

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Posted by Expand Oversight of PAPD
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm

Expand Oversight of PAPD is a registered user.

Of course the IPA's contract was substantially changed. Just compare the before and after versions - its obvious no matter what the City Manager says. Before the IPA had oversight of internal police officer complaints since his first worked here, including for sexual harrarsment and racism. The City Manager and Chief Jonsen decided to place these potential misconduct complaints out of sight - its as simple as that. More non-transparency, less oversight by the IPA, more non-accountability to our elected officials and residents. That's a huge change and lousy for good policing. This must be brought back under IPA oversight.

The IPA oversight must expand if we are to stop police misconduct and the potential for even more huge lawsuits for violation of civil rights for police brutality. Do we really want the FBI investigating our police department as it is now for civil rights violations? Does Palo Alto want that as part of its reputation?

We must reform our police practices as the council has committed to doing to rid it of racism by increasing accountability after enacting policy and transparency reforms. Also, get rid of bad cops by ending binding arbitration.

Councilwoman Kniss sees the council's role as passive, which is part of the problem - but no more. Police reform is very much a campaign issue. The council must take back its power and see that the City Manager enacts its directives for substantial reforms and must include the IPA oversight for a range of uses of force, audits of hiring and promotion practices, etc, whether or not a complaint is filed, unlike now. And the IPA reports must not be short-stopped by the Chief, City Manager, Union, City Attorney, and on and on, before the Council and public ever sees the Report.

And the Chief must understand he is working for the residents of Palo Alto, as are the Officers, not the union. Residents support better more equtible policing in Palo Alto, and that can only happen with a more active role of the IPA and the council, so the Chief, City Manager and City Attorney better accept that, because after this election, there will be, to quote the film, Blazing Saddles, "...a new Sheriff in town".


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Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 5, 2020 at 8:54 am

anon1234 is a registered user.

Agree with poster above; it really is a important campaign issue!
The weekly interviews are important to watch!
Some candidates seem to have little knowledge of policing issues especially
Cari “Carolyn “Templeton, who doesn't mention zero tolerance for police brutality and misconduct or issues surrounding the police union ???!


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