On Jan. 31, Baruti Artharee began his new job as public safety policy director at Portland City Hall. He will serve as Mayor Charlie Hale’s liaison to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) — and other public safety organizations — and will advise the mayor on policy changes.
Artharee grew up in Compton, California, where he had adverse encounters with law enforcement. When he first came to Portland in the mid-1970s, he protested several Portland police shootings of African Americans, and has since formally and informally consulted the PPB on matters of diversity.
His professional experience, however, has not directly focused on law enforcement. He has run a diversity and cultural competency consulting firm, along with serving as director of Oregon’s Department of Housing and Community Services, chairman of the Urban League of Portland, and executive director of the Portland Development Commission.
What questions do you have for Baruti Artharee? What changes do you want to see at the Portland Police Bureau?