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Portland City Council Votes For New Police Contract And Police Reforms

OPB | Dec. 18, 2013 3:41 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 23, 2013 7:31 a.m. | Portland

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The Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve a new four-year contract with the Portland Police union — and for a new agreement on police reforms.

The reforms cover everything from the use of deadly force to stun guns. They’re being put in place after a federal Department of Justice finding last year that officers used unreasonable force during interactions with people suffering mentally illness.

The new union contract gives officers a pay boost, but it also starts performance evaluations. 

Police union president, Daryl Turner, said coming to an agreement has been a long and complex process.

“The negotiations were tough but fair,” said Turner. “We reached the fair and equitable tentative agreement only through collaboration.”

Some members of the public spoke out against the performance evaluations, because they wouldn’t be used for discipline purposes. They also wouldn’t have any impact on pay increases.

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