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Antioch City Council Calls Special Meeting to Discuss Creation of Police Reform Ad-Hoc Committee

by ECT

On Friday, the Antioch City Council has called for a special meeting for Tuesday, June 16 on the idea of creating a police reform ad-hoc committee and City Council study sessions.

According to the agenda which was called by Mayor Sean Wright:

Discuss and consider formation of a Police Reform Ad Hoc Committee including whether it shall review existing policies, rules, practices, customs, and general orders of the Antioch Police Department and make recommendations including but not limited to:

  1. Prevention of excessive use of force by police officers against members of the public, including banning police from using carotid artery restraints and chokeholds;
  2. Elimination of military equipment from the police department (“Demilitarization”)
  3. Required use of conflict de-escalation approaches by all sworn officers when interacting with the public
  4. Increased police accountability, including the process for receipt and review of public complaints against the police for excessive use of force, racial and/or ethnic profiling, and other police misconduct;
  5. Improvement of police officer candidate recruitment, screening, training and hiring practices including an analysis of policies concerning implicit bias, candidate diversity and candidate background checks; and
  6. Police department budget appropriations

The council will seek to appoint 2 members to the police reform and ad-hoc committee if the committee is desired. They will also determine the duration of the ad-hoc committee and either adopt a resolution. Finally, they will seek to determine whether to hold study sessions to discuss and consider the findings and recommendations from the Police Reform Ad-hoc Committee.

The move comes after Antioch councilmember Lamar Thorpe requested on June 9 that the City Council call a special meeting and form a Police Reform Ad-Hoc Committee with a goal to make recommendations to the City Council regarding the enactment of policy reform measures for the Antioch Police Department.

Meeting Info
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:00 pm
Agenda – click here
Members of the public seeking to observe the meeting may do so at https://www.antiochca.gov/live_stream , on Comcast Channel 24,or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Members of the public wishing to provide public comment may do so in the following ways:

  1. Fill out an online speaker card located at: https://www.antiochca.gov/speaker_card.
  2. Provide oral public comments during the meeting by clicking the following link to register in advance to access the meeting via Zoom Webinar: https://www.antiochca.gov/speakers
  3. 3. Email comments to [email protected] prior to the Mayor announcing that public comment is closed, and the comment will be read into the record at the meeting (350 words maximum, up to 3 minutes, at the discretion of the Mayor).

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D. Escalatedufund Jun 12, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Well what can you guys say? I already do not feel safe here, now let’s make it more violent!… Sounds about right and just remember once you deescalate and crime mobs appear you will never be able to undo it. just in case you haven’t noticed Opportunity does not live here, it went buh bye… I only have 1.5 years left and out I go,not only out of Antioch but out of California as well. Time to vote these guys out, we have a respectable police department and now you want to tear them down. Thugs 10 citizens zero…

Denise Jun 12, 2020 - 8:23 pm

You are 100% correct!
We will have Uncontrollable chaos in this city. I pray for our citizens especially if you need an officer, FYI their not coming !!! You’ll be forcing citizens to take matters into their own hands!?
The city officials have not gone through the training these officers have. The city counsel has no idea what our officers do day to day … City counsel needs to jump in a police car and do a ride along on a Friday / Saturday night in our cities roughest areas ..then judge!

Bill Moon Jun 12, 2020 - 6:04 pm

Remember that time when Antioch residents wanted more police? Were tired of crime? Tired of the shootings and homicide? Now they apparently want that all to return. Make up your mind Antioch City council.

Residents hold the power this November. You have been warned.

AC Jun 12, 2020 - 7:06 pm

I am amazed! This topic is so unimportant that it is addressed by an ad-hoc committee?

Why wouldn’t the entire council want to hear from the public???

Just as a reminder, the last time Thorpe and Wilson were the ad-hoc committee for Measure W, tax dollars were diverted from police to fund their pet projects such as homelessness, etc. Drive down Wilbur Ave and see how well that is working.

If the council decides to make this an ad-hoc committee, they do not understand the gravity of this matter and clearly do not want to hear from the public.

Jon Doe Jun 12, 2020 - 7:36 pm

Ashamed I voted for this absentee good for nothing mayor Wright or should I say not so wright. The council are ignorant to the city need as Antioch go down in flames and will continue to burn hotter to do them and what they deem right. The police can’t handle what Antioch has now they want to make these decisions like this to what give criminals more rights than you or I…unbelievable..crime,garbage,home less what next? Get your priorities straight.

Daniel Cullen Jun 13, 2020 - 10:30 am

Here we go.

GOPartyGirl Jun 15, 2020 - 1:22 am

I like having the police “militarized” —- the criminals have weapons the police only wish they did.

Ken Wentworth Jun 16, 2020 - 1:28 pm

I have lived in Antioch for over forty years . It saddens me to witness the decline and overall lack of respect for laws , and those who work to uphold them ! I strongly believe that if in ain’t broken, DON’T FIX IT ! It has been my experience That when it comes to the city council, You can always count on them , To make the wrong decision ! We need more support for those men and women who risk their lives so that we can live ours in peace . We need to remove the handcuffs that have been holding back our officers from doing their job We have some of the best and caring officers working for us and I for one Don’t want that job. Antioch City council can do what they usually do and chase that rabbit down the hole , but I say Leave the policing to the Police Hands off City Council You have screwed up this city far to long Support the Police or live in Anarchy !

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