DRACO, Open Meetings Act, Oversight, Police Commission

BOPC Doubles Down on Illegal Meetings

The majority of the BOPC voted against Commissioner Burton’s motion to stop breaking the law…

Detroit, MI – The Board of Police Commissioners, as a body, has gone on record as opposing compliance with this law. On August 29th Fifth District Commissioner Willie E. Burton made a motion to comply with the Open Meetings Act by changing the venue to a location where persons would not be required to identify themselves as a condition of entry. The motion was seconded by First District Commissioner Darryl D. Brown. The motion failed with only Seventh District Commissioner William Davis joining Burton and Brown in support of compliance. The remaining commissioners present voted against compliance. They were Chair Sixth District Commissioner Lisa Carter, Co-Chair Commissioner Eva Garza Dewaelsche, Third District Commissioner Shirley A. Burch and Fourth District Commissioner Willie E. Bell. At-large Commissioners Elizabeth Brooks and Annie Holt also voted against compliance. At-large Commissioner Rev. Jim Holley, PhD and Second District Commissioner Evette Griffie were absent at the time of the aforementioned vote.

The following statement was in a News Release that went out on August 7th.

Community Activists To Hold Press Conference On Illegal BOPC Meetings

Detroit, MI – For the past few years most Board of Police Commissioner (BOPC) meetings have been at the Public Safety Headquarters at 1301 Third Street.  In order to attend those meetings, security requires community members to present identification.  Now some of those community members are crying foul.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) Founder Scotty Boman and Michigan National Action Network (NAN) Vice President Lori Parks Will be making comments and answering questions before the meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners which starts at 6:00 PM on Thursday August 8th.  Both Parks and Boman have been repeatedly denied entry to BOPC meetings at the headquarters in spite of asserting their rights under the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The Charter of the City of Detroit requires the Board of Police Commissioners to comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

According to the Michigan Open Meetings Act 267 of 1976. Section 15.263. Sec. 3. (4):

“A person shall not be required as a condition of attendance at a meeting of a public body to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance.”

At their June 27th meeting ACLU Attorney Ralph Simpson informed the Commissioners of this portion of the law during public comments. He said he assumed they were unaware of the law, but from that point forward they should consider themselves notified.

“It is blatantly irrational and absurd for an organization that is charged with the civilian oversight of law enforcement, to brazenly and willfully conspire to commit crimes on a routine basis.”

At their meeting on August 1st Boman informed them that there were significant criminal penalties for their actions and that commissioners wishing to distance themselves from the violations should make motions to end the practice.  The portion cited by Boman read:

“15.272 Violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
Sec. 12. (1) A public official who intentionally violates this act is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.
(2) A public official who is convicted of intentionally violating a provision of this act for a second time within the same term shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $2,000.00, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.”

 

Charter Commission Meeting in South-West Detroit
Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, Event, Events, Oversight, Revision

Citizens Focus Group (CFG) Summit 5:00 PM 06-17-2019

Their will be a Citizens Focus Group (CFG) Summit on Monday, June 17th at 5:00 PM. The Summit will be held at DABO Center 12048 Grand River Detroit, MI. Each leader of a CFG will have 15 minute presentation.

Eric Blount will be there to present the revisions many of you have recommended at our meetings.

One purpose of the Summit will be to determine areas where our suggested revisions overlap, so that we can reconcile any inconsistencies that result from them. Please take careful note of these so we may address these matters at future meetings.

The Meeting Agenda is here.

The Civilian Oversight Summary is here.

The Detailed Recommended Civilian Oversight Revisions are here.

News Conference On The Eve of Jones Trial in 2018
DRACO, Event, Events, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations

Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
Phone: (313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

Draco.Life

 

April 30th, 2019

Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

Detroit, MI – Members of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) are unhappy with how an unarmed woman (referred to in court by the pseudonym “Shelby Smith”)**, was treated by Corporal Dewayne Jones at Detroit Receiving hospital, and have announced a news conference to talk about it on the eve of his sentencing hearing. He was convicted of misdemeanor assault on March 20th. They will be joined by other activists who believe he must serve time for his violent crime.  They are also disturbed by the fact that he remains a police officer in spite of the conviction.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.) founder Scotty Boman will hold a news conference across from the Detroit 36th District Court at 2:00 PM on Tuesday April 30th.  The Court is located at 421 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226. He will be joined by other activists who believe that Dewayne Jones used excessive force last summer, and that he must face substantial consequences for his crime.

“Last Thursday Chief Craig told me that Jones still has his job.  How is it that the DPD keeps a violent criminal in this position while firing people for non-criminal misconduct?  Members of the community don’t have much faith in the justice system and expect Jones to get off easy. Misdemeanors have low maximum sentences, but he must see the inside of a cell to ensure that he and the community know that there is no preferential treatment for police and that violence will not be tolerated.”

In August 2018 a cell phone video surfaced that captured Detroit Police Corporal Dwayne Jones repeatedly punching a naked, unarmed woman as other officers restrained her (and one tried to pull him off her). Shortly after this Police Chief Craig suspended Jones with pay. On December 3rd 2018 the Wayne County prosecutor’s office arraigned Jones on felony misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

On January 15th Thirty Sixth District Court Judge Cylenthia Miller dismissed the felony misconduct in office charge against Detroit Police Corporal Dewayne Jones in connection with the beating. He was found guilty of assault on March 20th and the court scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 1st.

A sentencing for Jones is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday May 1st in the courtroom (Rm. 339) of Kenneth J. King.  (case #1806106901).

Activists will also be available for comment on Wednesday at 8:30 AM at the same location.

 

* Scotty Boman founded DRACO to educate the public on the roll of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.

** Previous releases by DRACO referred to the victim by her true name, but since the court is using a different name we are assuming this is at her request and are respecting her wishes.

 

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Spirit of Detroit
Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, Event, Events, Oversight, Police Commission

Civilian oversight (BOPC) Focus Group. Meeting Details

The second Community Focus Group for Civilian Oversight

When: Thu, April 18, 6:45pm – 8:45pm
Where: 651 Manistique St, Detroit, MI 48215, USA (map)
Description: Doors open at 6:30 PM Parking is available in back by using the driveway and in the adjacent side-lot. RSVP required.
Please RSVP to: Scotty Boman (313) 247-2052 [Voice only] email: scottyboman@hotmail.com

This Community Focus Group (CFG) will be focused on portions of the current and future Detroit City Charter that concerns civilian oversight of the Detroit Police Department,  especially the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC).
We have scheduled our meeting for:
Thursday March 28th at 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM
(Please arrive earlier if you wish to order dinner). * 

Tijuana’s Authentic Mexican Kitchen
18950 Ford Rd, Detroit, MI 48228

* Some soft drinks or appetizers may be provided but we have no budget, so contributions toward shared items will be welcome
If you see any posts suggesting a different date, please disregard them.
Please send any of the following to scottyboman@hotmail.com :
  • Suggested changes to the charter (concerning the BOPC).*
  • What aspects of the current charter (concerning the BOPC) do you wish to preserve.
  • Any new ideas that may not relate directly to any section of the current charter.
* Suggested changes should be composed in a manner whereby it is clear what will be deleted and what no words will be inserted.   The standard way of doing this is to present the entire section that will be effected, but use red strike-through font for the portions to be removed, and use bold or underlined blue print for new content.

Here is a summary of parts of the current charter that we will be discussing:

ARTICLE 7. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH: PROGRAMS, SERVICES and ACTIVITIES CHAPTER 8. POLICE

Please refer to Pages 66 – 69 of the original PDF document:

https://detroitmi.gov/document/city-detroit-2012-charter

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/2018-05/2_29_2012_CharterDocument_2_1_WITHOUT_COMMENTARY_1.pdf

Sec. 7-802. Board of Police Commissioners Sec. 7-803. Duties of the Board of Police Commissioners

Sec. 7-804. Staff.

Sec. 7-805. Chief of Police.

Sec. 7-807. Discipline.

Sec. 7-809. Resolution of Complaints.

Here is content mentioned on other pages (likely to overlap with other focus groups and with committees other than Public Agency):

ARTICLE 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 2-105. Definitions and Rules of Construction.

A.  As used in this Charter:

12. District or ward means a district drawn on a geographical basis, which constitutes a political unit from which members of the City Council, Board of Police Commissioners and Community Advisory Councils are elected.

13. Elective officers means the Mayor, each member of the City Council, elected Board of Police Commissioners and the City Clerk.

ARTICLE 3. ELECTIONS

Sec. 3-105. City Elections and City Council Initiated Ballot Proposals.

If a vacancy occurs in an elective office of the Board of Police Commissioners it shall be filled by the Mayor with a resident from the relevant district, subject to City Council approval. If City Council does not disapprove the appointment within thirty (30) days of the appointment it will be deemed confirmed. The appointed person shall serve until an elected member takes office. The election to fill the vacant position shall occur at the next general election to be held not sooner than one hundred eighty (180) days after occurrence of the vacancy.

Sec. 3-107. Elective Officers of the City.

The elective officers of the city are the Mayor, the nine (9) members comprising the City Council, the City Clerk and seven (7) elected Board of Police Commissioners.

Sec. 3-109. Nominating Petitions.

In the initial election, where a candidate is seeking nomination to the office of district elected Police Commissioner, the candidate’s petition shall be signed by a number of voters of the district equal to not more than one percent (1%) nor less than one-fourth percent (1/4%) of the number resulting when the total number of votes cast at the preceding Regular City General Election for all offices of the City Council members is divided by nine (9). In succeeding elections the candidate’s petitions shall be signed by a number of voters of the district equal to not more than one percent (1%) nor less than one-fourth percent (1/4%) of the number resulting when the total number of votes cast at the preceding Regular City General Election for all offices of elected Board of Police Commissioners is divided by seven (7).

Sec. 3-111. Residency Requirement for Elective Officers.

2. City Council and Board of Police Commissioners.

In addition to being a resident for one (1) year, as required above, candidates for City Council and the Board of Police Commissioners shall be bona fide residents of their districts and must maintain their principal residence in their districts for one (1) year immediately preceding election or appointment and throughout their tenure in that office.

Contact:
Scotty Boman
Civilian oversight CFG Chair/facilitator
(313) 247-2052 [Voice Only]

 

motor city make-over 2017
DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations

Scotty Boman Produces Podcast on Civilian Oversight

Please listen to this podcast.  “Public Safety, Personal Experiences.”

http://www.michiganradio.org/post/public-safety-personal-experiences

https://omny.fm/shows/morningside-48224/public-safety-personal-experiences/embed

DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission

D.R.A.C.O. News Release Draws Attention To Injustice On The Eve. Of Hearing

Today Willie E. Burton, Rev. Charles Williams, and Scotty Boman held a Press Conference with WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit (Jason Colthorp) and FOX 2 Detroit (Amy Lang).

Here is what the aired during the Dinner hour:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/community-leaders-angry-over-decision-to-reinstate-detroit-police-corporal-accused-of-punching-woman

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-police-officer-prepares-for-trial-for-punching-naked-woman-at-detroit-receiving-hospital

Reporters showed up in response to this news release…

 

PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
(313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

Police Commissioner Willie E. Burton

Rev. Charles Williams II
President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network

December 18th, 2018

 

Three Prominent Detroiters Speak Out On Police Beating And The City’s Response

Detroit, MI – Three prominent Detroiters aren’t pleased with how an unarmed woman was treated by a police officer at Detroit Receiving hospital, and have announced a press conference to talk about it.

Detroit Police Commissioner Willie E. Burton, National Action Network (Michigan Chapter) President Reverend Charles Williams II, and Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.) founder Scotty Boman will gather across from the Detroit Receiving Hospital emergency entrance at 11:00 AM on Tuesday December 18th. The hospital is located in the Detroit Medical Center at 4201 St. Antoine Boulevard. Detroit, MI 48201.

In August a cell phone video surfaced that captured Detroit Police Corporal Dwayne Jones repeatedly punching a naked, unarmed woman as other officers restrained her. Shortly after this Police Chief Craig suspended Jones with pay. On December 3rd the Wayne County prosecutor’s office arraigned Jones on felony misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery charges. He will be back in court this Wednesday.

On Thursday, December 6th The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to return Jones to duty against the advice of Chief Craig who recommended suspension without pay.  Commissioner Burton, who will be at the press conference, was alone in asking for more time so that the board could make a fully informed decision.

“We need to invest heavily in training officers when they come in contact with the mentally ill. The police also need to look at what Minneapolis is doing, deploying case workers out on those mental health runs. Minneapolis has the best model. The program worked there it can also work here. ”

“Wrong is wrong, this officers actions were wrong. We must stand for justice.” Proclaimed Reverend Charles Williams II, President of the National Action Network’s Michigan Chapter.

DRACO founder Scotty Boman remarked, “The job of the Board of Police Commissioners is oversight. If a blue wall stands between them and what is right, it is their job to scale that wall.  Instead, five commissioners chose to be bricks in that wall.

-END-


DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission

Several Officers Applaud Beating Of Naked Unarmed Woman

Corporal Dwayne Jones is shown here beating a naked unarmed woman:

Here are some things other DPD officers said at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting. Most of them were from the Third Precinct.

I think it was a necessary part of Corporal Jones’s duty that day… I believe that any officer that would be in Corporal Jones shoes would probably act the same way that he did that day.
-Officer Hall –

That’s what I would have done in the same circumstance…If there were a poster child for Detroit Police, I would choose Corporal Jones.
– Officer Sutkey –

Pretty much all of us here, and back there, would have done the same thing. That’s what we are trained to do. OK? Hard hands are what we have to do when dealing with mental people… It’s what everyone else here would have done, and it is what I would have done.
– Lt. Lorie Peirce ( a previous direct supervisor to Jones) –

Corporal Jones, definitely, is the poster child of a Detroit Police officer… I would have done the exact same thing. There’s nothing more that we could do… Corporal Jones did everything that we were trained to do. Everything I would have done.
– Officer Ronald Latch –

Like everyone said, he is a poster child for DPD. He completes DPD… He was trained to do what he did. 
– Sergeant Jason Kleintorch (Another former supervisor of Jones) –

All quotes are from here:
http://video.detroitmi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/show/6736

Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to reject Chief Craig’s recommendation that they be suspended without pay.

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2018/12/11/detroit-cop-charged-with-beating-naked-woman-in-hospital-is-back-on-job