Former Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz withdraws from Portland team overseeing police reforms

Former Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz withdraws from Portland team overseeing police reforms, Oregonian, April 8, 2015

Former Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz withdrew Wednesday from Portland’s compliance team selected to oversee federally mandated police reforms.

In an email he sent to members of the city’s new Community Oversight Advisory Board that he chaired, DeMuniz, 67, cited the advice of his doctor as a result of a “private and personal health issue.”

    From: DEMUNIZ
    Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:12 PM
    Cc: Dennis Rosenbaum; Amy Watson
    Subject: COCL/COAB Project

    Dear COAB Members, I am sorry to inform you that as a result of a private and personal health issue, on the advice of my doctor, I have withdrawn from this project effective immediately. It has been a pleasure to get to know each of you and wish you every success.

    Paul

DeMuniz’s departure comes less than a week after a highly contentious public hearing by the board. Testimony revealed mistrust of the city police by members of the minority community, dissent about whether the board is independent enough to carry out its role and dissatisfaction among some board members.

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