The City hopes to avoid trial, having been found by the Civil Rights Div. of the US DoJ, to employ police in illegal use of force. The City held two hearings after rushed, closed-door negotiations. The Mayor limited public testimony to 120 seconds on a settlement agreement now before the judge. They released the 77-page document at the beginning of that 2012 hearing. This is really our first chance to respond to the bargain.
Simon has the authority to send a deficient agreement back to the parties. The Court invites members of the public to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:
Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?
Is the Agreement reasonable?
Is the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the Complaint?
REGISTER WITH THE COURT: Those who submit a Testimony Form by 31 January will be given preference, others participate 'as time permits.' Individuals will be allowed 5 minutes; groups with 3 members will receive 10 minutes each:
We plan to record video testimony for those unable or unwilling to be present on the 18th. The judge has agreed to include such testimony in his deliberations.
We believe any decision on fairness or adequacy should be based on the results of DoJ investigation. Their findings run 40+ pages: the described injustices against 'mentals' are disturbing and revealing. These bright minds depict our current methods a 'self-defeating accountability system.' They do not justify a decision to declare racial profiling beyond the scope of their civil rights investigation.
Here are some deficiencies, identified by the AMA Coaltion:
Consult Hardesty for a vision of citizen-based oversight of police misconduct.