The proposed contract between the City of Boise and the firm chosen by Mayor Lauren McLean, Steptoe, to investigate allegedly racist beliefs held by a former Boise Police Captain has been released for public inspection ahead of the City Council meeting to be held Tuesday, December 6.
Idaho Dispatch first reported on this story last week, including live video of the City of Boise press conference linked here: City of Boise Holds Press Conference Announcing Initial Details of Investigation into Alleged “Racist Ideals” of Retired Police Officer – Idaho Dispatch
The Professional Services Agreement is 17 pages long and includes definitions, the proposed scope of the investigation, the financial agreement, key personnel, and more.
As detailed on Page 8 of the Agreement, the scope of work is described:
“StepToe and Johnson, LLP will conduct an independent investigation of the scope, influence, and effect of reported discriminatory beliefs allegedly held by individuals in the Boise Police Department. Specifically it will investigate whether retired BPD Captain Matthew Bryngelson’s stated racist beliefs infected his policing during his employment, his interactions with the community while acting as a representative of BPD, his former roles and responsibilities in BPD, whether it was transmitted to or imposed on those he supervised, and whether city resources were utilized in the manufacture of racist materials or content.”
The contract goes on to explain in more depth the plan to examine suspected “racist ideology” within the BPD. It also describes the near absence of limitations on Steptoe.
“Within the broad scope described above, it is explicitly agreed that the investigation will be wholly independent and not subject to any restrictions, limitations, or prohibitions imposed by the City of Boise or BPD. All aspects of the investigation will be determined solely by Steptoe’s investigative team and will be limited only by the scope described above and by limitations imposed by applicable law. BPD has pledged its full cooperation with the investigation.”
Pages 2 and 12 of the agreement describe that the Steptoe legal team will be compensated by the City of Boise at a rate of $825 per hour, not to exceed $500,000.00.
The agreement further explains,
“The Final Report will include findings, conclusions, and, if appropriate, recommendations for changes and reform in the Department, as well as mechanisms for supervision and accountability for BPD employees and the Department to ensure rigorous oversight. This would include a review of the Office of Police Accountability.”
This proposed contract is Agenda item #22 for the Boise City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6pm. The City’s website includes information on how to view and participate in the meetings:
“Meetings are held in a hybrid format allowing both virtual and in-person attendance.
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City calendar including clickable individual meeting links and further details can be found at Public Meetings | City of Boise
The full proposed contract can be found here in Item 22: 2022/12/06 06:00 PM City Council Regular Evening Meeting – Web Outline – City of Boise, Idaho (iqm2.com)
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