Office of City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade
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July 10, 2013To: Mayor Charlie HalesCommissioner Nick FishCommissioner Amanda FritzCommissioner Steve Novick Commissioner Dan SaltzmanFrom: City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-ValadeRe: OIR Group – Review of six officer-involved shootings and one in-custody deathIn the attached report, the OIR Group presents the results of their review of the closed investigations pertaining to the in-custody death of Timothy Grant in March 2006 and these sixofficer-involved shootings: Marcello Vaida – October 2005; Dennis Young – January 2006;Scott Suran – August 2006; David Hughes – November 2006; Osmar Lovaina-Bermudez – August 2009; and Keaton Otis – May 2010.City Code chapter 3.21 established the Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) division in2001. City Council subsequently strengthened that Code chapter by empowering the CityAuditor to hire qualified outside experts to review closed Police Bureau investigations of officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths. Over the years, the City Auditor has contracted withtwo outside organizations to examine such events: PARC (four reports between 2003 and 2009)and the OIR Group (2010 report on the in-custody death of James Chasse and the 2012 report onseven officer-involved shootings).For the attached review, the OIR Group primarily looked at tactical decision making by PoliceBureau members that may have led to the use of deadly force. The report contains thirty-onerecommendations for improvements in protocols, guidelines, training and other areas of concern.The introduction indicates that a number of recommendations emerged from a single shootingincident, and notes that although the Bureau has made progress since that incident, additionalimprovements are needed.I appreciate the thorough analysis and the clarity in presentation of information throughout thereport. The team from the OIR Group is made up of highly skilled, knowledgeable professionals, and their review has significant value for my office, for the Independent PoliceReview division in my office, for City Council, for the Police Bureau, and most importantly, for the community we serve.