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|COUNCILMEMBER HAROLD BRAZIL
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Harold Brazil introduces the following bill which was referred to the Committee on ____
To establish an independent commission to investigate allegations of police corruption in the Metropolitan Police Department.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Independent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Police Corruption Establishment Act of 1997"
Sec. 2. Definitions.
For the purposes of this act, the term:
(1) "Chief" means the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.
(2) "Commission" means the Independent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Police Corruption, established pursuant to this act.
(3) "Department" means the Metropolitan Police Department.
(4) "Protocol" means the procedure by which information is exchanged and cooperation is established between the Commission and other government agencies, including the Mayor, the Department, and the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
Sec. 3. Commission established.
(b) Within 30 days of the effective date of this act, the members of the Commission shall be appointed as follows:
(c) No member of the Commission shall hold any other public office or government employment.
Sec. 3. Terms. [duplicate section numbering in bill]
(a) Within 30 days of the appointment of the last Commission member, the Commission shall hold its first meeting.
(b) The members of the Commission shall be appointed for a term of 18 months.
(c) In the event of a vacancy on the Commission during the term of office of a member by reason of removal, death, resignation or otherwise, a successor shall be chosen in the same manner as the original appointment. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the balance of the 18-month term.
Sec. 4. Powers and duties of the Commission.
(a) The Commission shall have the authority to:
(b) If during the course of an investigation undertaken pursuant to this act, the Commission determines that criminal activity or other wrongdoing has occurred or is occurring, the Commission shall, as soon as practicable, report the facts that support such information to the appropriate prosecuting authority.
(c) The Commission shall have authority to require the attendance of any officer, District employee, former officer or former District employee, or any other person dealing with, or who has dealt with, the Department to attend examinations or hearings called pursuant to this act. The refusal of any such person to appear at an examination or hearing, or to answer questions put to him or her, shall constitute cause for removal from office or employment, cancellation of contract, or other penalty, or referral by the Commission to other appropriate authority for action.
(d) The Commission may require the delivery of records and other materials as are necessary for the investigation of any matter within its jurisdiction pursuant to this act.
(e) The Commission is authorized to designate those of its employees it deems necessary 1 to administer oaths, and any other activity, in the exercise of its powers and fulfill its duties.
(f) The Commission shall issue to the Mayor and the Council a report at the end of the twelfth month following its initial meeting, which shall describe its activities and summarize its actions. The Commission shall issue to the Mayor and the Council a final report within 45 days of the end of its 1 8-month statutory period, which shall describe its activities and offer its recommendations for further action.
(g) Within 90 days after the appointment of the Commission, the Commission and the Chief shall establish and enter into a protocol. Any investigation undertaken by the Commission shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of applicable protocol, except that the lack of a protocol shall not prohibit the Commission from undertaking any investigation authorized by this Act.
(h) The Commission may enter into a protocol with any citizen complaint review body pursuant to which information shall be exchanged in cooperation between that body and the Commission.
Sec. 5. Duties of Department.
(a) The Department shall:
(b) The Chief shall ensure that officers and employees of the Department appear before and respond to inquiries of the Commission in connection with the investigation of any matter within the Commission's jurisdiction pursuant to this act, provided that such inquiries are conducted in accordance with Department procedures for interrogation of members.
(c) The provisions of this act shall not be construed to limit or impair the authority of the Chief to investigate corruption with the Department, or to discipline members of the Department. Nor shall the provisions of this act be construed to prevent or hinder the investigation or prosecution of members of the Department for violations of law or rules and regulations of the Department by any court of competent jurisdiction, a grand jury, or other authorized officer, agency or body.
Sec. 6. Construction.
If any provision of this act, or any amendment thereto, is held invalid in whole or in part, or inapplicable to any person or situation, such holding shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this act.
Sec. 7. This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code §47-392.3(a)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code §1-233(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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