Commission Discusses Closed Police Misconduct Hearings

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday April 24, 2007

Since September, due to a California Supreme Court decision, the Police Review Commission has not held any inquiries into police misconduct. On Wednesday, the commission will hold a public hearing on new regulations for closed hearings.  

The public hearing is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center at Hearst Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 

“We need to get started on the inquiries,” said PRC Chair Sharon Kidd. “We have 50 cases pending.”  

At issue in the Supreme Court Case, Copley Press v. San Diego, was the notion that police personnel concerns are private matters and may not be discussed in public. A bill, SB1019, has been introduced in the State Senate that would allow hearings to be public.