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Just Cause for Discipline

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM PST | 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM EST

  • How police officers went from being at-will employees to having meaningful job protections.
  • Civil service systems, police discipline boards, and arbitration of discipline.
  • The 12 requirements for just cause for discipline, including progressive discipline, consideration of mitigating circumstances, the implications of training, and proportionality of punishment.
  • The requirements for a thorough investigation and timely processing of complaints, and where and how more unusual disciplinary penalties such as demotion and transfer can be used.
  • The increase in challenges to the binding nature of arbitration decisions.

Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP; Executive Director, LRIS.

Brady Issues

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM PST | 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM EST

We’ll review the ever-changing law on the rule in Brady v. Maryland and how it applies to police disciplinary records. How officers get on and get off Brady lists; whether being placed on a Brady list necessarily results in termination, and lawsuits by officers seeking to be removed from Brady lists.

Will Aitchison.

Discipline Under a Peace Officer Bill of Rights

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM PST | 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM EST

  • Rob Wexler will discuss how discipline must be handled under a statewide or contractual public safety officer bill of rights.
  • Using California’s Bill of Rights as a model, we will review the requirements of a bill of rights from intake through the investigatory process and culminating with the disposition of a complaint.
  • Miscellaneous rights under a bill of rights, including officer privacy, access to personnel files, and the relationship between a bill of rights and the Brady rule.

Rob Wexler, Attorney, Managing Partner, Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver.

Body Camera Video and Other Evidence in Disciplinary Investigations

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM PST | 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM EST

  • The evolution and current status of body camera programs in United States policing. What the evidence is showing about the impact of body cameras on officer safety, the use of force, citizen complaints, and police practices.
  • The different body camera systems, their features, and their pros and cons. The cost of body camera systems, including storage and data processing costs.
  • Policy issues attendant to a body camera program, including public records laws, face-blurring software, officer review of video before giving statements, privacy considerations for citizens and officers, and monitoring of videos for general compliance with departmental rules.
  • The upside and challenges of video evidence.

Will Aitchison.

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