In response to the Antioch City Council call for a special meeting on the idea of creating a police reform ad-hoc committee and City Council study sessions. The Antioch Police Officers Association (APOA) issued the following statement:
The amazing men and women of the Antioch Police Department need the support of our citizens. Council members Lamar Thorpe and Monica Wilson are attacking the great work being done by the Antioch Police Department. The special meeting set for Tuesday is nothing more than two Council members searching for power and using this platform to push their agenda and further their political careers.
The APOA believes we can always do better, and will always embrace conversation and positive change to strengthen the relationship with our community. The proposed ad-hoc committee is going to give politicians power to create policies within the Police department. No Council should have that power. The department head (chief of police) should be the only one making policies for the police department.
The Antioch Police Department has always maintained a high level of transparency, and will continue to do so under SB 1421. Additionally, The Antioch Police Department has some of the strictest hiring standards in the Bay Area, and will continue to maintain that high standard.
Lamar Thorpe wants power and control over the police department, a profession he knows nothing about and a department he should not be creating policy for.
Please send in your comments to the council showing support for the Antioch Police Department and letting the council know there is no need for an ad-hoc committee.
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