The union representing Portland police has asked to intervene in the Justice Department’s agreement with the department to reform training and use-of-force policies.
As the Oregonian first reported, a lawyer for the Portland Police Association filed a motion in federal court to intervene in the settlement agreement the federal government filed Monday. The union argues the changes undermine collective bargaining rights.
On Monday in U.S. District Court, the Justice Department and the city of Portland filed a court-enforceable agreement to address claims that police too frequently use excessive force against the mentally ill.
Union attorney Anil Karia wrote in the motion filed Wednesday that the union’s interests may not be represented adequately by the city, as compared with situations where the city represents its own constituents.