When the heck is the KCSO 287(g) steering committee meeting, anyway?

When is the KCSO 287(g) steering committee meeting? Seems like it should be a fairly straightforward question to answer.

However, since May 24, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has posted four different dates/times for this meeting.

Originally, the meeting was scheduled for June 26 at 8:30 am:

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On June 20, the date was changed to July 10 at 8:30 am:

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On June 21, the date was changed, yet again, to July 11 at 11:30 am:

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Then, on June 26, the time was changed from 11:30 am to 8:30 am (the date was kept the same; also note – the time still has not been updated on the KCSO Twitter as of July 5):

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It is hard to believe that this number of changes is anything other than a cynical attempt by KCSO and ICE to confuse the public and decrease the number of people who show up to speak out against this program.

Another important issue to note is that these changes to the schedule appear to disregard the standards set out in the KCSO 287(g) Steering Committee Charter, which says that “a notice will be released by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at least 30 days prior to the meeting date and time… informing the local community, including members of the general public, of the location, date and time of the meeting” (Section 6.1, “Meetings”)

To summarize:

  • On May 24, KCSO/ICE scheduled the meeting for June 26 at 8:30 am.
  • On June 20, KCSO/ICE rescheduled the meeting for July 10 at 8:30 am.
  • On June 21, KCSO/ICE rescheduled the meeting for July 11 at 11:30 am.
  • On June 26, KCSO/ICE rescheduled the meeting for July 11 at 8:30 am.

Except for the first meeting, none of these dates meet the requirement of notifying the public at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

(Incidentally, the charter also mandates that they publicly release an agenda for the meeting at least ten days prior to the meeting, which they have not yet done.)

Need more info on 287(g) and why AKIN opposes it? Click here.

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