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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Special Study Session Set for May 4 & 5

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In response to the protests following the tragic murder of George Floyd, the Santa Rosa City Council and Staff committed to actions for change in our community. Beginning on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., and reconvening on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. the Santa Rosa City Council will hold a Special Meeting via Zoom to review the findings of several independent reports on the City’s response to the protests, to hear from the community on their concerns and recommendations, and to receive an update from the police department on efforts made thus far to improve relations and policing in the community. Over the course of two days, the Council will discuss and hear the findings of four reports listed below.

Tuesday, May 4

1) Sonoma County Human Rights Commission Report (“Human Right Violations in Santa Rosa California - Policing the Black Lives Matter Protests”)
Members of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights will present the findings of the Human Rights Commission Report related to the May 2020 protests.
Agenda Item 2A | View Report

2) Independent Review of Police Department’s Internal Affairs’ Investigations of Specific Incidents of Use of Force by Officer that Occurred During Community Protests in May and June 2020
The City Manager and OIR Group will present OIR Group’s report on its review of the Police Department’s internal affairs investigations of specific incidents of use of force that occurred during the community protests in May and June 2020. The Council will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and provide feedback to staff.
Agenda Item 2B | View Report

3) After-Action Review of the Response to Peaceful Protests and Civil Unrest in May and June 2020
The City Manager and Santa Rosa Police Department will present a report on the after-action review completed by Hillard Heintze, LLC, analyzing the City’s response to the peaceful protests and civil unrest in May and June of 2020. The review encompassed protest activity and the Department and City’s overall response. The Council will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and provide feedback to staff.
Agenda Item 2C | View Report

Wednesday, May 5

4) Community Empowerment Plan Listening Session Report
The Office of Community Engagement will present the Community Empowerment Plan Listening Sessions Report. No action is required, but Council may give direction to staff.
Agenda Item 5.1 | View Report

Police Reform Update
Following the presentations and discussions on each report, the Santa Rosa Police Department will present an update on the police reform actions that have been initiated since June 2020. No action is required, but Council may give direction to staff.
Agenda Item 5.2 | View Presentation

How to Participate

Members of the public can participate in the meeting and make live public comment with this Zoom link or by dialing 877-853-5257 and entering the webinar ID 917 7547 5227. You may also make public comment in advance of the meeting via email at, via voicemail at 707-543-3005 or through the eComment feature at All public comments made in advance of the meeting must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. this Monday, May 3. For those who only want to view the meeting and not make public comment, you may watch the live stream on the City of Santa Rosa’s YouTube Channel.

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