Sep 03

California’s New OpenJustice Website


Screenshot of the 2013 murder of an unarmed man at a traffic stop by police in Gardena, California via LA Times

On September 2nd this year, the California Department of Justice launched a new website that publishes data about police interactions with the public, including the number of people who die at the hands of police.

Called Open Justice, the initiative is being billed as the first of its kind to provide detailed data to the public on a variety of crime statistics, including the number of officers killed and assaulted while on duty. The California DOJ says that the effort is a step towards more transparency amidst America’s ongoing debate about citizens dying both in police custody and by cops on the street.

Read the rest of the article here.

reprint of article published 09/02/2015 in Gizmodo by Matt Novac. Read the full article here GIZMODO

Aug 17

Stolen Lives – 1,100 People Killed by Police since Michael Brown’s Death

c0028471[1]Click to see the video > > > Stolen Lives

US police killed over 1,100 people since #MichaelBrown death.

Posted by RT Play on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“RT” stands for “Russia Today” which is a Russian News Agency.

Aug 07

Central California Criminal Justice Committee

scaleAugust 15, 2015

To our supporters and friends:

There are some exciting developments the CCCJC would like to share with you regarding police oversight in Fresno. Our group was instrumental in the City hiring Rick Rasmussen, our police Auditor. Changes in the Police Department since his arrival have been pretty dramatic. When he arrived in Fresno we were averaging one officer involved shooting per month. That number has dropped significantly to a rate of one or two OIS per year. Rasmussen has gained more prominence within the City government in the last few months and has been given an assistant to help him carry out a new mission.

The assistant is Mark Scharman, who has been given the title of Director of Internal Audits. Scharman, who has 28 years of law enforcement experience, is charged with carrying out an independent department-wide inspection process. The idea is to have a fresh set of eyes from outside the department review all the procedures, top to bottom. This new position was created based on the recommendation of Rasmussen in response to the Keith Foster affair.

Meanwhile, the CCCJC continues to distribute large numbers of our handbook, “A Student’s Guide to Police Practice,” which gives young people invaluable advice about what their rights are and about how to interact with the police. The handbooks are being distributed in schools, neighborhood centers and through community groups.

Last fall we sent one of our board members to the annual conference of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), and she was able to return with much valuable information to help us with our work in Fresno.

We feel we are doing an effective job in making sure there is proper oversight of the FPD and in improving police/community relations. To continue to carry out this work we need to ask you for financial support once in a while. The last time we asked for your support was at the end of 2013. We have exhausted the funds that you gave to us at that time, so we need to ask for your help again. Please give generously and return in the enclosed envelope.

Thank you for your support.

Gerry Bill

Rebeca Rangel

Aug 07

New OIR Auditor Appointed

The Office of Independent Review (OIR) is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Scharman (Salt Lake City Police, Retired) as Director of Internal Audits effective May 15, 2015. The recommendation to add this position to the OIR was included in recommendations that were put forth in the first quarter 2015 report as quoted below:

See full text of announcement here >>

Click on Pic for full text of appoitment

Click on Pic for full text of appoitment

Aug 06

Chiefs Advisory Board July 30, 2015


Fresno Police Chief Dyer

I. Fresno Call Center receives 2700 calls per day, 900 of these calls are to 911.

II. LeRoy Candler, new NAACP President was introduced and talked about several projects and proposals on the table. They have begun to work with low income youth and adults and seemed enthusiastic and hopeful.

III. Currently, Fresno PD has 706 officers. PD is authorized to have 727.
By next year, PD should have 90 new sworn officers. Currently, PD is advertising for officers from other areas, and retired officers who are experienced. They are offering a 10k sign on bonus.

IV. Shotspotter System deployment. Currently, 54 poles with acoustic capabilities. These are set up in areas with recent history of gun fire. Shots fired, the PD can track within a couple to three minutes where the gun was fired from, in terms of physical structure, ect. With accuracy of a few feet, police have already apprehended a known felon on parole with a fire arm. Private citizens, business owners and schools are all cooperating and allowing the PD to put the acoustical equipment up on their property. FUSD has committed to having several up on their properties.

V. To date, 115 body cameras are up and running on police officers. By January/2016, all officers will have body cameras.


Michael Josephson

Michael Josephson

VI. Additional Mental Health Training by Embassy Consulting, all PD will be trained. Michael Josephson, ‘7 Pillars of Character’ same person that did Fresno Unified School District’s training will be training the PD, after the Fair leaves.


VII. New system Dyer is working on, real time crime scene, referred to as, Predictive Policing, where crime is common also known as ‘hot spots.’ Identified as likelihood crime will occur within next 10/hours. When cops are not busy, they will go to these locations. L.A. and N.Y. have them, we will have this system up and running soon.

Ellie asked me to ask about number of women officers, their ranks, number of years they’ve been officers.  Sergeant Rios stated currently there are 77 sworn female officers. The remaining questions were forwarded to Personnel, Rios stated, he did not have that information.

Next mtg, 9/24th

Submitted by,

Aug 06

ACLU mobile app turns the tables on police misconduct


 Click the Pix to Read the Full Article on MSNBC

Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jul 07


logo[1]NACOLE-2015-Monthly Digest and News Magazine

Apr 24

CCCJC Members and Interested Parties to Meet with Fresno Police Auditor

Members and interested parties of the Central California Criminal Justice Committee are scheduled to meet with Rick Rasmussen, Fresno Police Auditor on Friday, 2pm at the Office of Independent Review at City Hall, Fresno, CA.

For further information and to reserve a seat please contact Richard Gomez at The Center for Nonviolence 559-408-3320.



Apr 24

CCCJC Meeting Minutes 20150319

Minutes 3-19-15

Apr 24

First Quarter Office of Independent Review Report

Final OIR 2015 Recommendations

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