Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Portland were back in federal court Friday hoping to convince a federal judge to accept an amendment to the 2014 settlement agreement governing the police bureau’s use of force.
An audit of the Portland Police Bureau’s intelligence gathering practices during the 2020 protests found officers collected information about political activity without providing evidence a crime had been committed.
Exasperated political and community leaders in Portland came together with representatives from local and federal law enforcement for a winding, hour long press conference Thursday to acknowledge gun violence continues to rise in the city despite efforts to counter it.
The Oregon Department of Justice found insufficient evidence to charge a Portland police detective with crimes connected to the officer’s conduct during the city’s 2020 racial justice protests. Nicknamed “Officer 67,″ Erik Kammerer developed a reputation for using force against journalists and protesters.
Attorneys for the city of Portland appear to have notched some key victories in contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association. The tentative agreement, which was released Tuesday, comes after more than a year of negotiations and includes the police bureau’s discipline guide as well as references to the new community oversight board.
After more than a year of negotiations, the city of Portland and the Portland Police Association have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement, according to a statement put out Friday by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Public commenters and Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty are criticizing the city’s plan to buy police body cameras. These critics argue the police bureau needs to adopt policies governing how the cameras will be used before the city moves forward.
The Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday that police shot and killed 30-year-old Brandon Keck on Monday. Police also reversed course, saying a woman they'd previously said was shot by Keck on the freeway was not shot.