First DOJ report on Portland Police reforms shows ‘significant problems’

The Oregonian, Sept. 17, 2015

PPB insigniaFederal justice officials have released their first 93-page review of how Portland police are complying with a host of required policy, training and oversight reforms.

READ – Periodic Compliance Status Assessment Report for the Settlement Agreement in U.S. v. City of Portland

READ AMA Coalition Press Release re DOJ Compliance Assessment 9-16-15 (PDF, 15KB)

On the surface, the main conclusion is: the bureau is in “partial compliance” with most reforms.

But if you read beyond those findings, you’ll see the U.S. Department of Justice found significant problems in police keeping track of data on use of force, supervisors failing to write reviews of high-profile shootings as required, delays in the bureau ordering officers involved in shootings not to share information with other officers, inadequate data on bureau training curriculum and an unjustified hesitancy by the bureau to send its specially-trained crisis intervention officers to all mental health calls.

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