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    This is outrageous! Anybody have an idea what we can do about it? I want to post it to sfbayview.com, but it needs an intro. Anyone up for writing one? Please
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2010
    This is outrageous! Anybody have an idea what we can do about it?

    I want to post it to sfbayview.com, but it needs an intro. Anyone up for writing one? Please email me at editor@....
    Mary Ratcliff
    SF Bay View
    (415) 671-0789
    www.sfbayview.com


    -------- Original Message --------
    Subject:BART Statement Regarding MarySol Domenici's Arbitration Ruling
    Date:Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:46:31 -0800
    From:BARTNews <BARTNews@...>


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    (See attached file: BART Statement Regarding MarySol Domenici Arbitration
    Ruling_final.pdf)
    
    
           BART Statement Regarding MarySol Domenici Arbitration Ruling
    
    OAKLAND, CA – BART must abide by today’s labor arbitrator ruling to
    reinstate Officer MarySol Domenici.  Domenici appealed BART’s decision to
    fire her. Under the union contract, an arbitrator has the final say in this
    case. BART believes we did the right thing in acting on the independent
    internal affairs investigation’s recommendation to terminate her
    employment.  The arbitrator made a different decision and it is now out of
    our hands.
    
    Following the recommendations of the independent law firm hired to conduct
    the internal affairs investigation, BART terminated Domenici for being
    untruthful in both her statements to BART Police investigators and in her
    testimony at the preliminary hearing. This independent investigation did
    not charge Domenici with any allegations involving use of force.
    
    The arbitrator’s decision requires Domenici to undergo a fitness-for-duty
    evaluation prior to her return to work. Once she returns to duty, she will
    be given her patrol assignment under the process governed by the union
    contract. That process allows officers to select their work location and
    shift by seniority.
    
    BART continues to make strides to improve its policing services.  They
    include establishing an early-warning system that tracks citizen
    complaints, use-of-force and other behavioral issues of officers in order
    to improve performance. Other substantial improvements include:
    
          Establishing the Office of the Independent Police Auditor & the
          initiation of the search to fill the Auditor position
          Beginning the recruitment process for an 11-member Citizen Review
          Board of the BART Police Department
          Increasing officer visibility in stations
          Substantially exceeding state training requirements to ensure
          officers’ knowledge & skills stay current and well-versed
          Establishing a Community Oriented Policing Unit to build trust and
          establish long-lasting partnerships with the community
          Ensuring policies, practices, procedures and best practices are
          regularly updated
    
    BART hired the law firm of Meyers Nave in February 2009 to conduct an
    independent internal affairs investigation into the actions of all the
    officers present during the events leading up to the shooting death of
    Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009 on the Fruitvale BART Station platform. This
    internal affairs investigation was an administrative procedure to determine
    if departmental policies and procedures were followed.  It was completely
    separate from the criminal investigation.  BART hired the firm to ensure
    the internal affairs investigation was independent and objective and that
    the public had confidence in the findings.
    
    Pronunciations:   MarySol Domenici (MARY-sole  Doh-men-KNEE-chee)
                      Meyer Nave (MI-ers  nah-VAY)
    
    
    
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