Use-of-Force Committee to Host Second Public Input Session

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DENTON, TX, Aug. 14, 2020 – The Use-of-Force Ad Hoc Committee will host its second public input session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. During the virtual session, community members are welcome to share their input by phone or online comment form.

Community engagement is a key component of Mayor Chris Watts’ pledge to “Commit to Action,” a national initiative led by former President Barack Obama and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The upcoming session is an opportunity for residents to share their diverse experiences and stories as the Use-of-Force Ad Hoc Committee reviews Denton Police Department policies, practices, and training. Community input will be included in the Committee’s report of findings and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

To participate:

  • By phone, citizens wishing to speak to the Committee may call (940) 349-7800 beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. When the call is initially received, a staff member will receive the caller’s information and either: 1) offer to call the citizen back when it is time for them to speak, or 2) record the caller’s information and comment to be shared with the Committee electronically via a written report. If the caller wishes to receive a call back and speak to the Committee, the voice of each caller will be broadcast into the meeting during the public commenting time. Each caller will have four minutes to speak. Callers utilizing a Spanish interpreter will be allotted a total of eight minutes.

  • Online, visit www.cityofdenton.com/uofcommittee and submit a form. All comments received by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 will be provided to Committee members prior to the start of the meeting. The Chair will announce the number of comments submitted, but comments will not be read aloud during the meeting. Comments will be public record.

Individuals will only be able to comment once, no matter the method. For more information about the Committee, visit www.cityofdenton.com/uofcommittee.

USE-OF-FORCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • Willie Hudspeth, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Lilyan Prado-Carrillo, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Dionte Long, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) – University of North Texas College Chapter
  • Sheryl English, Denton Police Training Advisory Committee
  • Cameron Combs, University of North Texas (UNT)
  • Dawna-Diamond Tyson, Texas Woman’s University (TWU)
  • TBD, North Central Texas College (NCTC)
  • Angela Ricks, Denton Independent School District (DISD)
  • Dr. Carmen Cruz, Representative of the LGBTQ Community
  • Kamyon Conner, Representative of the LGBTQ Community
  • Rev. Cedric Chambers, Representative of the Faith Community
  • Rev. Beau Hughes, Representative of the Faith Community
  • Jaime Walker Blanton, Representative of Persons with Disabilities
  • Pam Guiterrez, Denton County MHMR
  • Yancy Green, Denton Police Officers Association
  • Travis Nicholas, Denton Municipal Police Association
  • John Baines, Denton Resident
  • Rhonda Love, Denton Resident
  • Gary Henderson, Denton Resident
  • Katina Stone Butler, Denton Resident
  • Jamell Butler, Denton Resident
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
  • Police Chief Frank Dixon
  • Denton Police Accreditation and Compliance Unit Representative Dr. Richard Williams
  • City Manager Todd Hileman
  • Deputy City Attorney Mike Cronig
  • City Council Member Jesse Davis

Contact: Amy Cunningham, (940) 349-8558, DentonPD.MediaRelations@cityofdenton.com

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