Results for Think Out Loud (Other Results)
About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report of an investigation that found Portland police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force, especially against people with mental illness. This week, the police bureau responded to the DOJ findings by announcing it will reinstate the Crisis Intervention Team — a dedicated team of officers specially trained to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
The City Auditor has released an external review of Portland Police activities around seven officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2010. The report details what happened in each case, summarizes similarities, and offers 13 recommendations. Several of the recommendations are:
- The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) should maintain its partnership with Project Respond and make the Mobile Crisis Unit a permanent team, ideally with expanded personnel, hours, and scope.
- PPB should reexamine its current policy on Taser use in light of current research indicating the elevated dangers of prolonged Taser use.
- PPB should consider ways in which it can integrate its Critical Incident Management training curriculum into training opportunities for patrol officers.
Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea announced his early retirement today, in the middle of an investigation into his hunting accident. Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed Mike Marshman to be the new chief. We talk to Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner about the change in leadership.
On Monday night, Portland police officers fatally shot a man who fired a shotgun at them in an empty parking garage. The 32-year-old man, Santiago Cisneros III, was a veteran who may have been suffering from PTSD. Just two days later, a grand jury ruled on another recent shooting. The jury found that Portland officers were justified in using deadly force against Merle Hatch at Adventist Medical Center on February 17. Hatch appeared to be armed and can be seen on a cell phone video taunting the officers. It was later revealed that he did not have a weapon.
Following an incident at a club earlier this year, Portland’s Independent Police Review Division is making recommendations to improve the relationship between police and local hip hop artists.
Results for OPB
The Portland Police Department Wednesdsay released more details involving the shooting of Merle Hatch.
OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes, Capitol reporter Chris Lehman and reporter Amelia Templeton join host Geoff Norcross. We dig into why retirement seems to be the new resignation among disgraced local public officials lately — most recently Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea. We ask what the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the former Virginia governor's corruption conviction could mean for John Kitzhaber. And we look at how the November ballot seems to be shaping up, with a focus on two measures designed to shake up the Democratic political establishment in Oregon. We end with "That’s So Oregon," taking up the hot cannabis real estate market, topographically accurate mountain-shaped candles, and other quintessentially Oregon stories from the week.
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