City Council approves package of police reforms

PPB neon signFrom The Oregonian, Jan. 8, 2014

Portland’s City Council Wednesday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the city auditor’s package of proposed reforms intended to strengthen oversight of the city’s police.

Despite last-minute pleas by community members and the police union president to hold off on a vote, the council moved ahead. Commissioner Amanda Fritz was out sick.

Mayor Charlie Hales, who serves as police commissioner, said he would not wait until a Feb. 18 hearing is held in federal court on the city’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, which ruled in late 2012 that Portland police engaged in a pattern of excessive force against people with mental illness… Continue reading on