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:
- Prevention of excessive use of force by police officers against members of the public, including banning police from using carotid artery restraints and chokeholds;
- Elimination of military equipment from the police department (“Demilitarization”)
- Required use of conflict de-escalation approaches by all sworn officers when interacting with the public
- 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;
- 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
- 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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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:
- Fill out an online speaker card located at: https://www.antiochca.gov/speaker_card.
- 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. 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).