Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday he hopes to reinstate a police bureau program to rehire recently retired police officers in an attempt to shore up the bureau’s staffing and help tackle a worsening gun violence crisis.
The tepid police response has led some in Portland to doubt that the bureau is doing everything in its power to respond to emergency calls. An email obtained by OPB shows that skepticism is not limited to protesters - it has reached the highest level at City Hall.
At least three Portland police officers under investigation for incidents during last summer’s historic racial justice protests, won’t face criminal prosecution, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
City Council established and appointed 20 community members to the ReThink Police Accountability Commission, tasked with designing a transition plan from the current oversight body to the new board, delineating the powers of the new board and determining how it will be organized.
Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd’s murder last year, with nearly a dozen laws that took effect Sunday.
Nelson's death serves as a case study for another notable law enforcement problem the city is grappling with: powerful business interests turning to private security to do the work of police officers, enabling them to wield force against vulnerable Portlanders with a fraction of the oversight.