Central to the debate is the question over the police’s use of lethal force. 2010 would see three more police shootings before the year’s end, spurring some public perception that Portland officers use excessive force. A group at the forefront of the debate is the Albina Ministerial Alliance, led by Reverend T. Allen Bethel. Among its recommendations for reforming the police bureau, the Alliance called for changes in Oregon law on the use of deadly force by police.
Are you a police officer? Do you live in a community fraught with tension between citizens and police? What do you think has changed about police actions in the last year?