Beamud Slams 'Twisted Scrutiny' of Police Auditor

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The allegations that resulted in the Eugene City Council putting interim Police Auditor Dawn Reynolds on leave are “disturbing and disruptive” and lack merit, Eugene’s previous auditor Cris Beamud said in a written statement.

“I have had an opportunity to speak with Dawn Reynolds, and I do not believe that the allegations against her are meritorious,” wrote Beamud, who left Eugene last summer to head the police oversight system in Atlanta.

Interim deputy auditor Elizabeth Southworth accused Reynolds of disclosing confidential information and the city council met in a session closed to the public on Saturday and put Reynolds on administrative leave while investigating the complaint.

“It doesn’t sit well that the auditor would be exposed to such scrutiny for so little,” said Beamud in an interview.

“The information that she [Reynolds] disclosed to the lawyer representing a complainant was not privileged or private or even investigatory in nature,” Beamud wrote in her statement. “You cannot take otherwise public information and transform it into privileged information by putting it in a file. That is exactly what some members of the police department would like to do.”

Beamud continued, “No human being can withstand the twisted scrutiny that the police would like to impose on the auditor. This is a very difficult position, and I do not believe that any person can do this type of work without the support of the city council. The city council needs to examine the nature of the allegation, including the Auditor’s perspective before doing anything that undermines her authority and ability to do her work.”

Munir Katul a physician who resigned three months ago after serving on the Civilian Review Board said he agreed with Beamud. He said the council should not have put the auditor on administrative leave before hearing from Reynolds, who he said is recovering from surgery. “It’s not like a cop shooting and killing somebody,” Katul said of the leave. “I think this is ridiculous. This is implying far greater guilt for the auditor.”

Get Alan Zelenka out of the police oversight mess !

I have spent plenty of time listening to the police auditor carefully discuss issues and have even talked to her personally about effective oversight. I am sure this complaint lacks merit and it is being used as a delay tactic. The R.G. has written today that Alan Zelenka is working to clear this up. There is no one on the council less qualified in fixing this than he is. He will surely make this situation worse. Closed door meetings are something he has a habit of encouraging.

Submitted by Zachary Vishanoff (not verified) on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 12:29.
Come on Kitty

I wonder when Kitty Piercy will grow a backbone and stand up for something?

Submitted by Josh Schlossberg (not verified) on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 13:26.
Will auditor hearing on 4-20 at 7;30 pm be delayed? Please tell

Okay EW how about letting everyone know. Some people may want to testify. Also Taser kid goes on trial 4-14. How about a update for those who want to attend ?(notice the delay here leaving the auditor hearing after his trial....could complicate a speedy retaliatory conviction if the auditor hearing issues and related details came out in the news before the trial) Also where is that Taser pilot project report that has now been put quietly on the back burner. It looks like that is waiting to be put together after his trial and the auditor hearing for political reasons.

Submitted by Zachary Vishanoff (not verified) on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 15:32.
Taser trial tommorro !

That is what I hear. A update about it would be nice. Also check on when the draft copy of the Taser pilot project report will be available if you can. The police auditor hearing is currently not on the city council calender so I do not know what happened to that.

Submitted by Zachary Vishanoff (not verified) on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 13:46.
Taser trial time and place

The trial will be tommorro morning in the Lane County Courthouse at 9:30 am (ciruit court).

Submitted by Zachary Vishanoff (not verified) on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 18:59.
bike stop/yield legislation

people who oppose a bike yield law have probably never had their backside on a bike seat or not since they were 12. i was rarely ever able to do the jerky balanced stop. coming to a full stop on side streets when there is no traffic is ridiculous. most car drivers don't do it either. to do the equivalent of a bike stop, the car driver would have to stop, open the door and put his foot down on the ground.

Submitted by jan nelson (not verified) on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 21:23.

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