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Summary of Equity and Inclusion Commission Meeting

The commission made a handful of recommendations to the Wauwatosa Common Council
Post Date:06/26/2020 2:04 PM

The Equity and Inclusion Commission met on June 25 to discuss a number of police operation issues. The Commission is an advisory group to the Wauwatosa Common Council, Mayor, and city staff, providing comment and support regarding appropriate strategies to develop and implement activities, resources and services that promote a positive environment of equity, inclusion, and the celebration of diverse identities in the City of Wauwatosa.

They are recommending the following items to the Wauwatosa Common Council. These items are not adopted or in place based on the recommendation of the Equity and Inclusion Commission. They would need to be adopted by the Wauwatosa Common Council or could be promulgated through a lawful, written directive of the Council, Mayor, or City Administrator :

  • Prioritize the establishment of expedient procedures for the Wauwatosa Police Department to collect, analyze, and publicly report 1) demographic data for these actions: a) detentions, b) traffic stops, c) running of driver’s license and/or license plate and 2) reports and grievances filed about problematic officer behavior, both for the purpose of elimination of racial and other bias that may be exposed by those data.
  • Establish city ordinance to hold the police department accountable and to 1) establish procedures for remediation of racial disparities and complaints by the public and 2) allow for outside investigation to be called by any member of the public; this includes oversight to ensure thorough and expedient response to open records requests
  • Ban chokeholds and/or any other tactic that restrict the airway or circulation of any individual, under any circumstance.
  • Establish an ordinance prohibiting the request by any city official for a no knock warrant and prohibiting the execution of no knock warrants within the City of Wauwatosa.
  • Recommend that the Common Council endorse a change in state law to ban the request and execution of no knock warrants, ban no knock warrants, and change the law within their authority.
  • Prioritize the implementation of full use body cameras by the Wauwatosa Police Department as soon as possible but no later than July 1, 2021. This would include a body camera procedure and storage policies related archiving of surveillance.*

The Wauwatosa Common Council will address these items at a future meeting, and the exact date is to be determined. When a specific date is determined, we will update this news article.

*A note about body cameras: The Police & Fire Commission cannot implement this policy. Funding additional body cameras would have to be approved by the Wauwatosa Common Council.

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