A Portland Police oversight board wants to end a rule that gives officers 48 hours before they have to discuss a fatal shooting or death. The Community Oversight Advisory Board is tasked with helping reform the police bureau. The COAB was created as part of a settlement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.

COAB chair Bud Feuless said the rule has to go.

“There’s a perception that this gives officers a quote-unquote opportunity to get their stories straight. Which is something we have actually seen,” Feuless told OPB’s John Sepulvado during their Sunday Conversation. “And we need to combat that perception.”  

The Portland Police Bureau is against the change, saying rank and file officers need to have access to union representatives in any inquiry that might result in termination.