Activists with Don't Shoot PDX protested outside City Hall over a proposed labor agreement with the Portland Police.

Activists with Don’t Shoot PDX protested outside City Hall over a proposed labor agreement with the Portland Police.

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UPDATE (7:55 P.M.) After days of protest and a contentious and at times unruly hearing, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said he will delay a City Council vote ratifying a new four-year labor agreement with the Portland Police Association for at least a week.

The group Don’t Shoot PDX has staged several recent protests opposing the new contract and condemning fatal police shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carlolina. City hall was packed Wednesday with activists and other Portland residents who oppose the union agreement.

The new labor agreement gives police officers 3-percent pay increases for each of the next three years, which is projected to cost the city’s general fund $6.6 million annually when it’s fully implemented.

In exchange, the union agreed to end a requirement that officers get 48 hours notice before internal affairs investigators can question them over officer-involved shootings. It also dropped 11 grievances against the city and settled one.

Many people who came to testify Wednesday questioned whether the mayor had driven a hard enough bargain.

“We call on you to slow down this process,” said Dan Handleman, a longtime police reform activist with the group Copwatch. “While it has been an important the goal of the community to get rid of the 48-hour rule, doing it can not be the sole achievement of this round of bargaining.”

Opponents also pointed out Hales is negotiating an agreement that will be up to mayor-elect Ted Wheeler to implement— and finance. The current police union contract expires in June 2017. The new contract negotiated by the mayor would remain in effect through 2020, unless both sides agree to re-open negotiations.

“Please give the next mayor an opportunity to share a vision of policing, and let us hold him accountable for the contract that we will be living under,” said Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP.

Hales, who also serves as police commissioner, has made pay increases for officers one of his major policy goals for his final year in office. He said the police bureau is struggling to fill its vacant positions and needs to raise pay to remain competitive and recruit quality candidates.

In May, the Oregonian reported the city and the union were negotiating over the mayor’s proposed pay increases and the 48-hour rule. The mayor announced earlier this month he’d reached a deal.

The 48-hour rule has been in the contract since the 1970s. Police accountability groups, independent consultants and the U.S. Department of Justice have said it undermines the credibility of the bureau’s use-of-force investigations.

After listening to the negative public testimony, Hales said the soonest the council will vote on ratifying the agreement is at their Oct. 13 meeting.

The Portland Police Association voted Tuesday to ratify the agreement. Union President Daryl Turner said the union dropped the 48-hour rule in response to community concerns.

“We want to make sure we build more trust in the community, we want to build on the friendships and partnerships we have in the community,” he said.

The union voted to ratify the deal with 95 percent support.

The agreement also includes controversial “clarifications” on body cameras, which the police bureau is planning to require for officers.

Those clarifications state police officers facing internal investigations will be allowed to review body camera audio and video prior to being interviewed by internal affairs or independent police review investigators, though not in incidents involving the use of deadly force or in-custody deaths.

That agreement also states an officer’s ability to review body camera video and audio is an issue the city is required to bargain over with the union.

Hardesty, with the NAACP, said the body camera language directly undermines the gains the city made by eliminating the 48-hour rule.

“I think the Trojan horse is, you take away the 48 hour rule, but you have an unlimited amount of time to review video footage,” Hardesty said.

The police bureau also released a draft body-worn camera policy, spelling out when and how officers would be required to use cameras, alongside the labor deal.

The mayor said the bureau will take public comment on that draft body camera policy in the coming months.