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Portland moves one step closer to seating new police oversight board

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.

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Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

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.

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Guard hired to protect Portland businesses wasn’t firearm certified when he killed man

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.