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I'd like to hear the panel discuss the notion of "embarrassment" as it relates to the police contract, and oversight of the police force. Repeatedly, the police union has invoked article 20.2 of their contract, which ostensibly protects them from being "embarrassed" in front of their peers or the public, and urged its members to avoid cooperating with performance review boards and use-of-force review boards.
Scott Westerman, head of the PPA, said, "When our members are subjected to unprofessional questioning where the member is grilled, embarrassed or berated by members of these boards, it is unacceptable."
This seems like a false step to me, and something of an insult to the citizens that Westerman and the force work for. How does the city interpret such a response to attempted oversight? And what does it mean for future attempts?
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