ONE: REQUIRE DATA COLLECTION IN ALL STOPS, SEARCHES, FRISKS AND ARRESTS TO PREVENT PROFILING
APD officers should document citizen contact through the completion of a form each time they stop, detain, search or frisk an individual. The collection of this data will assist APD in addressing issues of profiling and disparate treatment across communities. APD should require officers assigned to respective communities to discuss and disclose this data with the community on a monthly basis.
TWO: TERMINATE CAYENNE MAYES, DION MEREDITH AND TRAVIS BRITT FOR RECENT STRIP SEARCH INCIDENT
Atlantans deserve a police force that demands respect for members of all communities. Now is the time for APD to purge themselves of toxic officers. If the allegations against Officer Mayes are true, this is at least the second time he has placed the people of Atlanta in jeopardy. This level of repeat misconduct should not be tolerated.
THREE: CURRENT AND PAST RED DOG OFFICERS MUST BE INELIGIBLE FOR PLACEMENT IN THE NEW TACTICAL UNIT.
In order to facilitate real changes within APD, current RED DOG officers should be ineligible for placement in the new tactical unit Further, current RED DOG officers should be removed from patrol until they have been retrained in methods of community policing, constitutional law, and cultural sensitivity. There is blatant camaraderie among the current members of the RED DOG Unit that stands to jeopardize any concrete reforms within APD. The Department should require that other officers interested in being placed in the new unit undergo a formal application process, complete with interviews and a critical review of their current disciplinary and complaint histories.
FOUR: NO PARAMILITARY UNIT
Despite any alleged “elite” status bestowed upon members of the new unit, selected officers should be required to engage members of the community without relying on tactics of intimidation and threats of force. More specifically, officers should (1) wear standard issue APD uniforms5; (2) patrol in teams no larger than two persons6; (3) drive marked patrol vehicles; (4) wear visible name tags at all times; (5) be trained in constitutional protections, community policing methods and (6) participate in non-enforcement activities in the community.
FIVE: PRESENT PROPOSED STRUCTURE FOR THE NEW UNIT TO BLOCS AND THE LARGER COMMUNITY WITHIN 30 DAYS; SOLICIT PUBLIC INPUT BEFORE MAKING PERMANENT CHANGES.
Given the extreme impact members of the RED DOG Unit have had on the lives of Atlantans for over two decades, it is proper that the public be included in the conversation about this new unit. Transparency demands that the public be made aware of (1) the findings of the OPS investigation of RED DOG (2) the names of officers selected to populate this new unit; (3) the selected officers’ records of complaints—sustained, unsustained and exonerated; (4) non-sensitive background information about selected officers, including previous work experience within and outside of APD; (5) proposed rotation and community assignments of officers within the new unit9 and (6) training history for each officer, including the dates that every officer attended NEW training on Constitutional protections (required by a recent Federal order), cultural sensitivity, and community-oriented policing.