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39 apply for seats on Eugene's first police oversight committee.



Byline: Edward Russo The Register-Guard

CORRECTION (ran Feb. 8, 2007): Eugene's yet-to-be-appointed police civilian review board will comment on the thoroughness, fairness and findings of the police department's investigation of misconduct allegations against police officers. It will not comment on any discipline imposed by the police chief. An article on Page F1 Wednesday incorrectly described the board's duties.

Thirty-nine Eugene residents have applied to become members of the city's first police oversight committee.

The applicants vying vy·ing  
v.
Present participle of vie.

vying vie
 for a handful of spots on the city's civilian review board include an attorney, drug counselor, plumber (programming, tool) Plumber - A system for obtaining information about memory leaks in Ada and C programs.

http://home.earthlink.net/~owenomalley/plumber.html.
, professor, chaplains, retirees, municipal court judge, school employees and former police officers.

Those appointed to the board will join Cris Beamud, the city's police auditor, in reviewing certain police department investigations of misconduct allegations against police officers.

The board's function is to comment on the inquiries and any discipline meted out Adj. 1. meted out - given out in portions
apportioned, dealt out, doled out, parceled out

distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
 to officers by Police Chief Robert Lehner.

Eugene voters in 2005 approved the auditor and review board after the sex crime convictions of two former police officers, Roger Magana and Juan Francisco Lara, and concerns raised regarding racial profiling The consideration of race, ethnicity, or national origin by an officer of the law in deciding when and how to intervene in an enforcement capacity.

Police officers often profile certain types of individuals who are more likely to perpetrate crimes.
 by police.

The police department investigates about 50 allegations of police misconduct Police misconduct refers to objectional actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice. Types of misconduct
  • False confession
  • False arrest
  • Falsified evidence
  • Intimidation
 a year.

The Civilian Review Board will have five or seven members, Beamud said.

She and a four-person committee are reviewing the applications this week, and will recommend 15 or so people to the City Council, which will make the appointments.

The applicants include people familiar to city officials, such as Margo Schaefer, community outreach director of Womenspace, a Eugene shelter for abused women; and Munir Katul, a retired physician and past chairman of the Eugene Police Commission, an advisory group to the police department.

"Many of the applicants have very impressive credentials," Beamud said.

Several applicants have law enforcement or legal back- grounds.

Richard Brissenden, for example, is a municipal court judge in Cottage Grove Cottage Grove, village (1990 pop. 22,935), Washington co., SE Minn., near the St. Croix River; inc. 1965. There is farming (cattle, sheep, corn, and soybeans) and manufacturing (chemicals and machinery).  and Florence.

N. Michael Hurley is the former director of the Oregon State Police crime lab in Springfield.

In their applications, some candidates said their experience would help them on the review board.

"As a member of the community, it is in my best interest to ensure that our police department has a high level of integrity and honor," wrote applicant Stephen Davis, a sergeant in the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

"Former police officers Lara and Magana severely damaged local law enforcement's reputation both within the community and profession."

Attorney Kate Thompson Kate Thompson can refer to:
  • Kate Thompson (author), who writes for children and adults, author of The New Policeman and Down among the Gods
  • Kate Thompson (romantic novelist), author of It Means Mischief and Sex, Lies and Fairytales
 said she hopes to improve relations between the community and the police.

"The community needs to understand and appreciate the valuable work of the police," she wrote. "At the same time, the police force must be cognizant of their role as part of this community."

Ann-Marie Lemire, a chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:

In the United States:
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center — Eugene, Oregon
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center — Spokane, Washington
See also
  • Sacred Heart Hospital (disambiguation)
 in Eugene and director of nursing at Good Samaritan Good Samaritan

man who helped half-dead victim of thieves after a priest and a Levite had “passed by.” [N.T.: Luke 10:33]

See : Helpfulness


Good Samaritan
 Center, a Eugene nursing home, said the review board will contribute to "a fair, just and transparent process that will protect all involved."

Beamud said she contacted leaders in Eugene's "communities of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

See also: Color
" to encourage minorities to apply for the board.

Two applicants identified themselves as multiracial mul·ti·ra·cial  
adj.
1. Made up of, involving, or acting on behalf of various races: a multiracial society.

2. Having ancestors of several or various races.
, and one is black. Two applicants did not list their race.

City Council interviews with the finalists are scheduled for March 7-8.

Beamud hopes the council appoints the board on March 12.

"I would like the board to be up and running by June," she said.
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