For the past 18 months, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) has been meeting with Police Chief Settingsgaard, NAACP President Donald Jackson, unnamed community representatives and city officials. The group has under gone DOJ mediation, which was originally borne out of NAACP complaints alleging police brutality and racial profiling.
The result of the mediation, was the recent approval given by the NAACP to the Peoria Police to do racial profiling in "hot spots" and the rebirth of the Police-Community Relations Commission.
The Commission’s newly appointed members are: Steve Settingsgaard, Peoria Police Chief Don Jackson, NAACP Savino Sierra, first district Sharon Draper, second district Douglas Lindstrom, third district Erica Baird, fourth district Howard Williamson, fifth district Larry Ivory, at-large representative Agbara James Bryson, at-large representative Whitney Lawson, under-25 age group representative George Azouri, under-25 age group representative Scott Moore, City Manager Eric Turner, at-large council member Sgt. Greg Collins, District 150 representative Bill Ordaz
In January of this year, the City of Peoria donated property located at 101 N. MacArthur Highway, to the NAACP, Peoria Branch, which has helped the NAACP establish a much needed presence in the community. Prior to that, NAACP work was handled out of NAACP, President, Donald Jackson's law office, which is located at 456 Fulton Street.
Beginning in January, 2011, the DOJ will conduct workshops on racial profiling and cultural competency, specifically designed for the Peoria Police. The workshops will be led by the Civil Rights Division, which is the same division that mediated the talks that led to re-establishing the Police-Community Relations Commission.