As the legislative session nears its end, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, is pitching smaller changes to Measure 11, the controversial law specifying mandatory minimum prison sentences. Hopes for broad changes to the law are dwindling.
Civil rights advocates reacted with elation, caution, to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict. Law enforcement in Oregon issued statements calling the verdict a "measure of closure” for George Floyd’s family. Portland declared a state of emergency.
At a time when many larger police departments in Oregon — Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton, Washington County — have started using body cameras, recent killings of Black men and people in mental health crises in nearby Vancouver, Washington, have spurred calls for adoption there as well. But experts warn the effects of cameras on police behavior may not be significant. Some critics say body cameras are an expensive solution with unproven results.