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New Report Recommends Changes At Portland Police Bureau

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Outside consultants issued a report with 21 recommendations (pdf) for changes at the Portland Police Bureau. Among their suggestions are that the Bureau should do away with its 48-hour rule requiring detectives to wait two days before interviewing an officer who uses deadly force. The consultants are in town this week for two public hearings on the new report. 

The city’s Independent Police Review Division often seeks out feedback from outside experts, and this is the third review by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review (OIR) Group. In 2012 and 2013, the OIR Group examined police use-of-force and in-custody deaths. The group also investigated (pdf) the controversial death of James Chasse, a mentally ill man who died in police custody in 2006.

We’ll talk with Independent Police Review Director Constantin Severe about the most recent report and what might come next.

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