Acting Chief Jordan convened a board of outside experts to review the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. The Board of Inquiry was composed of senior leaders from outside agencies who were considered experts in tactical procedures and in investigating large-scale critical incidents. In order to inform their findings and recommendations, the Board of Inquiry reviewed hundreds of pages of documents, audio tapes, interviews of involved personnel, Homicide Section and Internal Affairs Division investigatory reports, as well as all other pertinent evidence and circumstances relative to the incident. The Board of Inquiry also convened on several occasions by teleconference and videoconference and met in-person for three days of hearings.
The purpose of this Board of Inquiry was to identify the factors contributing to the tragedy, develop findings on specific actions and decisions, review the use of force, and provide a set of recommendations (advisory and non-binding) to better inform and help the executive leadership within the OPD and overall law-enforcement professional community identify potential improvements in procedures, training, and tactics.
Among the Board of Inquiry’s recommendations: