Wednesday Civilian Oversight Board Meeting

COBOffice5 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020
St. Louis City (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Agenda includes “Discuss addition of the Civilian Oversight Board ordinance amendments that add subpoena power and the bill expanded the time case processing to the website.” Seems odd to discuss this instead of just doing it.

COBThere are a lot of Meeting Minutes missing on COB webpage. The last Minutes posted online are March 2019.

Monday Civilian Oversight Board Meeting

COBOffice5 pm Monday, July 15, 2019
St. Louis City (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Agenda

Minutes of March Meeting (that’s the last Minutes posted online)

Agenda includes
– IAD reports not being completed within required 90 Day time frame
– Response letter to Senator Jamilah Nasheed

See previous post on Cancelled June COB Meeting

We Need Answers On Today’s Cancelled COB Meeting

COBOfficeSomething is up at the St. Louis City Civilian Oversight Board, the agency charged with reviewing and investigating “citizen complaints against alleged misconduct of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.”

Per the City’s Public Meeting and Public Event online Calendars, the June 17th COB “Open Board” meeting was cancelled on June 13th.

→ Was the City’s (Police) Civilian Oversight Board meeting cancelled because of  The Plain View Project exposing racist/bigoted posts on social media by St. Louis police and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed calling for COB review of the posts?

→ Why does the cancellation say “Open Board” instead of Board? Per past meeting Agendas, the COB always meets at 3 pm and votes to go into Closed Session (not open to public) and at 5 pm begins Open Session (open to the public). Is there still a Closed Session Today?

→ What happened to COB Public Comment period? November 19, 2018 COB Meeting Agenda was the last Agenda showing a Public Comment period.

→ Where are the 2019 COB Meeting Minutes? The last online posted Meeting Minutes are for December 18, 2018 meeting. #TransparencyFail

→ Why has Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards been frequenting the 4th Floor of 1520 Market, City Hall West, where the COB Office is located? His office is in Room 401, 1200 Market, City Hall. Edwards, as Public Safety Director, is the boss of the Police Department the COB is charged to investigate complaints on.  The COB is supposed to be an independent agency.

Additional reading*. As you can see, this local news story is also a national story.

6/17/2019: The Seattle Medium: Thousands Of Police Officers Outed In Slew of Racist Facebook Posts

6/14/2019 St. Louis American: Public (and one cop) tells police leadership of their distrust and fear of police

6/12/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Religious Leaders Want Police Officers Fired For Racist Social Media Posts

6/11/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Racist Facebook posts by St. Louis police getting ‘extensive’ review

6/10/2019 KMOX: City police Facebook posts under review

6/10/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis aldermen hold hearing to discuss police officers’ racist social media posts

6/7/2019 AP: Racist, violent posts by police: St. Louis police among those investigating

6/7/2019 AP: St. Louis officers pulled from street over social media posts

6/7/2019 Channel 5 KSDK: Several St. Louis police officers put on administrative duty while internal affairs investigation underway

6/6/2019 St. Louis American: Nasheed calls for civilian review of bigoted social media posts by cops

6/6/2019 APCity of St. Louis Workers Headed for Social Media Training

6/6/2019 St. Louis American Editorial: Time to ‘do something about’ racism in St. Louis police ranks 

6/6/2019 InjusticeWatch.org: Across U.S., officials alarmed by the Facebook posts of police officers

6/5/2019 The RootPolice Officers Get Exposed for Making Racist Social Media Posts, So Cities Decide to Investigate

6/5/2019 AP: Departments investigating racist, violent posts by police

6/5/2019 St. Louis American: Ethical Society of Police calls for firing of cops over racist posts

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis to step up anti-discrimination training for all civil service workers, not just police

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sensitivity training coming for St. Louis officers in wake of report on racist Facebook posts

6/4/2019 Washington Post: Racist posts from police officers’ social media accounts trigger a wave of investigations

6/4/2019 CNN: St. Louis and Philadelphia police are investigating reports of racist, anti-Muslim Facebook posts by some city officers

6/4/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis police investigating reports of officers’ offensive Facebook posts

6/4/2019 KMOX: St. Louis police under investigation for racist, violent social media posts

6/4/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Police investigate racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts linked to St. Louis officers 

6/3/2019 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Cops’ Nastiest Facebook Posts Now Being Reviewed by Internal Affairs

6/3/2019 MetroSTL.com: Hundreds of racist, violent Facebook posts linked to St. Louis police officers by national group

6/3/2019 The Hill: Analysis of police officers’ Facebook accounts finds hundreds of violent, racist posts

6/3/2019 Washington PostWhen Police Officers Vent on Facebook

6/1/2019 BuzzFeed: A review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of officers around the US — the largest database of its kind — found officers endorsing violence against Muslims, women, and criminal defendants.

*If I missed a news story related to the racist posts, email link to me at ward7stl@aol.com to I can update the list.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday Meeting of (Police) Civilian Oversight Board

COBOffice5 pm Monday, February 25, 2019
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public
 
 
3:30 pm Closed Session
5:00 pm Open Session including…
+ Discussion & Vote on 4 Complaints
+ Letter to SLMPD regarding Force Investigation Unit Investigations
 
Last Meeting Minutes posted: September 17, 2018 

Monday Civilian Oversight Board

COBOffice5 pm Monday, December 17, 2018
St. Louis City (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Minutes of September Meeting. That’s the last meeting posted. If you are having trouble finding the Minutes, they are under Documents and not Agendas and Related Materials, as in “Agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials pertaining to the activities of the Civilian Oversight Board”

Monday (Police) Civilian Oversight Board

COBOffice5 pm Monday, November 19, 2018
St. Louis City (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Minutes of September Meeting. If you are having trouble finding the Minutes, they are under Documents and not Agendas and Related Materials, as in “Agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials pertaining to the activities of the Civilian Oversight Board”

It appears a lot of complaints filed with the COB end up with “Due to the COB’s new office policy a letter was sent to the complainant advising him that his case may be closed if he failed to contact this office within fourteen (14) days from receipt of the letter. The COB has not received any communication from the complainant to this date.” The the COB then votes to “ratify the vote from closed session to agree with IAD findings to close the case due to lack of cooperation from the complainant.”

Monday (Police) COB Meeting

COBOffice5 pm Monday, October 22, 2018
(Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice & Agenda

Most Recent Approved Minutes posted: July 2018

They are behind on posting Minutes. That July meeting is when they sent a protest-related complaint to Internal Affairs for investigation.

COB

Monday Police Oversight Board Meeting

COBOffice(Police) Civilian Oversight Board*
5 pm Monday, August 13, 2018
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

*Since the resignation of Aaron Banks, the Board appears to be still short a member representing Wards 7, 8, 9, and 17.

City Online Calendar Notice & Agenda
3:30 pm Closed Session
5:00 pm Open Session including…
+ Discussion on office policy changes to Standard Operating Procedures 5.0 regarding staff responsibilities before closing cases due to non-cooperation
+ Discussion on subpoena power

Most Recent Approved Minutes posted (unknown why June Minutes were either not approved at last meeting or just not posted online yet, approval of only July Minutes on Agenda for Monday’s meeting): May 2018 Minutes

Monday Police Civilian Oversight Board Meeting

COBOffice(Police) Civilian Oversight Board
5 pm Monday, June 25, 2018
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice & Agenda

3:30 pm Closed Session
5:00 pm Open Session including…
Discussion on logistics of subpoena power.

Note: Aaron Banks, who represented Wards 7, 8, 9, and 17 on COB, has resigned due to taking a position with Public Defender Office. So there will be a new appointment. If you are interested, contact your alderman.

Most Recent Approved Minutes posted
April Minutes
March Minutes