Demand Policing Reform in Portland
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Portland Police Bureau continues to engage in egregious and often unlawful behavior towards people exercising their constitutionally protected rights. City Council has heard countless hours of testimony and received countless emails, calls, and visits over the years about the need for police reform but has not made any effort to reform or even punish Portland Police officers that use excessive force or violate the rights of Portlanders.
We call on the ACLU of Oregon to bring civil litigation against the City of Portland to compel the Portland City Council to bring meaningful reform to the Portland Police Bureau, improve the Independent Police Bureau’s transparency and effectiveness to ensure that every Portlander’s constitutional rights are respected, and to ensure that the public is safe from further excessive use of force when engaging in their constitutionally protected rights to peacefully assemble.
We call on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to heavily scrutinize charges submitted by the Portland Police Bureau that result from arrests or investigations arising from individuals participating in political rallies or other exercising of their constitutional rights.
We call on the Portland City Council to hire a third-party consultant to evaluate Portland Police crowd control tactics and surveillance of protestors and the resulting arrests to independently determine appropriate reforms the Portland City Council can enact.
We call on the Portland City Auditor to hire an independent consultant to evaluate the independence, transparency, and integrity of the Independent Police Review processes and evaluate recent cases alleging misconduct. To make suggestions of improvements, the Auditor can propose to be made to internal procedures and to the City Code to ensure a fair, transparent and efficient police review system.
Gregory McKelvey, Founder of Portland Resistance
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