Specific revisions to Police policies are due November 30, 2020, according to tonight’s agenda ... [Continued]

Full question: Specific revisions to Police policies are due November 30, 2020, according to tonight’s agenda. Will these revisions to Police policies be presented for public comment and council approval before they are implemented? If so, when, and if not, why?

Answer: Public comment on reform policies has been provided to the City and the SHPD in a number of ways prior to revisions of certain police policies. In addition to guidance from the SHPD’s accreditation agency the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), guidance was taken from Governor DeWine’s Police Reform Proposals and Campaign Zero/8 Can’t Wait Proposal. Comments from residents were received from the Community Conversations held on July 23, 2020; the Shaker African American Mothers Support (S.A.M.S.) members/community events, and the Minorities Together Movement/Just Society Proposal, and various other residents who contacted the Police Chief, Mayor and Council members. Council gave their input at the October 26, 2020 work session. These policies will be written into General Orders which are finalized and issued by the Chief of Police. City Council approval of General Orders by a formal vote is not required and no General Orders have been referred to Council. They are an administrative measure, like other rules adopted by departments for their internal operation.

(Question submitted at City Council’s 10/26/20 Work Session)

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1. Why does the Shaker Police Department set the standards for our officers’ conduct at the constitutional minimum? Shouldn't we aspire to something more than the bare minimum?
2. How does officers’ biases factor into determining reasonableness?
3. I appreciate the point about whether force was necessary, not just reasonable, but would also encourage Shaker to adopt a standard of proportional force ... [Continued]
4. It is completely incorrect to say that Tennessee v. Gardner sets out the rule, rather than the exception ... [Continued]
5. If officers are to "understand" that if they are not certified to use the LVNR, then would it not be wise to put that statement in writing in the policy?
6. Also, what repercussions will an officer experience should they use the LVNR as an unlicensed officers?
7. How are we working with other organizations to understand the reforms being considered to assist in deciphering the calls and (1) identifying when the police are not needed ... [Continued]
8. Where can we find the annual Internal Affairs report and the racial demographic data that is tracked from police stops?
9. I would also like to hear more discussion on how an officer might detain a suspect when deadly force is not necessary but restraint is necessary.
10. What is and what should be the policy regarding no-knock entry?
11. I would like to understand why none of these arguments were presented to the Wildlife Task Force, Public Safety, or Finance?
12. Why was the decision made to put (bury) the community conversation under the How Do I section? ... [Continued]
13. Can we have a clear explanation of the difference between Vascular Neck Restrictions and Chokehold Restrictions ... [Continued]
14. Specific revisions to Police policies are due November 30, 2020, according to tonight’s agenda ... [Continued]