Session #2 OK Panel to Sue Civilian Police Review Board

UPDATE April 29: With 25 of the 77 articles approved in the first session, the second, on Wednesday, April 27, proceeded to deliberation, dealing with three articles.

One of them, Article 8, seeks to establish a commission to seek a civilian police advisory council, in hopes of increasing trust between the public and the police.

Following discussion extending after the 9:30 am recess until adjournment, the meeting addressed two amendments — from McKinnon and Klein-Vakil.

After extensive debate, the Klein-Vakil amendment was adopted. The final vote on the main motion with the two amendments adopted. Section 8 received notice of reconsideration. More details below. Session 3 takes place at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 2, starting with article 9 (net zero).

Article 6: Modification/updating of the rules of procedure of the Human Rights Commission

This amendment revises the rules of the Human Rights Commission, allowing the commission to update and modify its procedures. The regulation clarifies the commission’s duties and procedures for responding to incidents and complaints, and how it applies to all persons. It also provides for the support of professional staff and gives the commission the power to obtain grants.

Article 6 is approved, 234-7.

Clause 7: Rule Change/Youth and Young Adult Advisory Committee

Article 7 creates a Young Arlington Collaborative to encourage youth and young adults to participate in local government and strengthen their representation. Each constituency will choose two members: a youth (aged 12-20) and a young adult (aged 21-39). The first round of members will be randomly selected from names proposed by each constituency, and the selection committee will confirm final approval.

This advisory board will provide advice and feedback only; it is not a decision-making body.

In order to ensure fairness for all age groups, there will be working groups which will include other residents of all age categories.

Section 7 approved, 241–3.

Article 8: Modification of the regulations/Consultative commission of the civil police

This establishes a commission providing a public forum for feedback on policing in the city, educating the public about their options for filing complaints and praise regarding police conduct, and guiding community members in the filing of complaints and congratulations. It serves as a civilian resource and forum for increased trust and understanding between citizens and the Arlington Police Department (APD).

The article contains two amendments:

  • #1 (McKinnon): Emphasizes the need for ongoing training for equity, diversity, inclusion, cultural humility, implicit bias, and language access.
  • No. 2 (Klein-Vakil): Restores the eligibility criteria to match those recommended by the commission’s review committee, to prevent former law enforcement officers from being considered for membership. A civilian commission will work with the APD from a civilian perspective, to make the operations of the police department more transparent and accessible to residents, including making data about the operation of the APD more visible.

“While ODA has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, many people have had a negative experience with ODA but are reluctant or unsure about how to comment on the department, both negatively and positively. Often , they are minorities, members of the LGBTQ community or people with disabilities,” said study committee co-chair Laura Gitelson (17).

“The commission will report to Town Meeting, but will not conduct investigations,” Gitelson added.

Manager, Member Feedback

ODA chief Julie Flaherty said having an advisory board will increase the quality of ODA work. “It would reinforce our mission to build trust with the community and welcome feedback and discussion about policing. However, someone with a background in law enforcement would be invaluable, and I ask that a member of the police force sit on the commission.

Elizabeth Dray (10) said: “This commission is not a punishment for the ODA, but serves to strengthen the relationship between the city and the ODA. The police will be called in as an advisor, but it would be too great an imbalance of power if police were on the commission.

Arlington’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jillian Harvey said, “There is a place for a law enforcement officer on the road, but not in the initial stages. . Trust must be built over time; it doesn’t happen overnight.

The First Amendment passed, 202 to 35, with five abstentions.

The second amendment carried, 156-76, with five abstentions.

The main motion, with the two amendments included, was carried, 214 votes to 18, with three abstentions.

Klein’s Notes, Context

For more details, read the notes of Christian Klein (10) >> He commented: “Only three articles, but they were all substantial. The voting system had a bad night. that their votes were not counted.”

YourArlington plans to provide a supplemental summary by Friday.

The 252 elected will meet every Monday and every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. until the 77 articles of this mandate and that of the Special Municipal Assembly of May 11 have been voted on.

Among the items at the annual meeting are those dealing with zoning, leaf blowers, single-use plastic and a civilian police advisory board.

The public can view the meeting via ACMi cable broadcast on its government channels (RCN, 614 or 15; Comcast, 22; or Verizon, 26), or by watching the live stream at

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This news digest was posted on Thursday, April 28, 2022 and updated on April 29, with more detail by freelance writer Susan Gilbert.

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