On April 3, 2012, the Santa Monica College Police Department deployed pepper spray and other force on a crowd attempting to enter the Board of Trustees' meeting room in the Business Building. Following this incident, Santa Monica College Superintendent/President created a review panel chaired by Campus Counsel Robert Myers to conduct a review of the police response independent of the internal police investigation.
The Review Panel has been directed to consider all concerns raised about the College's response and make such recommendations as it deems warranted on the policies, practices and protocols relevant to the College's response to demonstrations and similar events.
The Review Panel has completed its work and transmitted its report to Dr. Chui L. Tsang, Superintendent/President. For a copy of the report, go to: http://www2.smc.edu/review_panel_report/
Members of the Review Panel are:
Campus Counsel Robert Myers, Chair of the Review Panel: Mr. Myers has practice law since 1975. He wrote Santa Monica's rent control law as staff attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and served as Santa Monica City Attorney from 1981-1992, where he headed an officer-involved shooting team. His private law practice focuses on complex civil rights issues and two post-conviction death penalty cases. He is has both defended police officers and sued them. Major civil rights cases he has handed include suing the Los Angeles Police Department for improper use of less lethal weapons and chemical weapons during the 2000 Democratic Convention and 2007 May Day demonstration in MacArthur Park. Since 1999, he has served as Campus Counsel for the Santa Monica Community College District.
Professor Eve Adler: Professor Adler is a lecturer and clinical instructor in Medical-Surgical nursing, Pediatrics, Physical Assessment, Dosage Calculations, and Multicultural health and healing practices. She serves on a variety of college committees, including serving as chair of the Academic Senate's Equity and Diversity Committee. In 2011, she was awarded St. John's Health Center Chair of Excellence.
Dr. Nancy Greenstein: Dr. Greenstein has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002. Since 1997, she has been the Director of Police Community Services at the UCLA Police Department, where she has received national recognition for community policing programs and strategies for bringing together diverse groups and agencies to resolve various issues. She has also worked as Public Safety Administrator in West Hollywood. She is a current board member and past president of the ACLU of Southern California.
Dr. Patricia Ramos: Prior to her current position, Dr. Ramos held a variety of leadership roles at Santa Monica College, including part-time faculty, and Director of the Small Business Development Center. Her civic engagement spans nearly two decades. Currently she serves as LA County Commissioner for the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). In 2011 she was one of 16 nationally to be selected to participate as a 2012 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute. For the past 15 years, she has chaired, sponsored or been a committee member for the Latina/o Youth Conference in Santa Monica.
Joshua Scuteri: Joshua was elected by his fellow students to serve as Student Trustee for the 2011-12 academic year. He is a Los Angeles native and has an interest in sustainability programs. He was an active participant at Board of Trustee meetings articulating the concerns of students.