Fed Judge rejects Portland City Council as a venue for yearly police reform hearings

The Oregonian, May 12, 2014

Reluctant to accept a judge’s request to hold annual hearings in federal court on the status of mandated police reforms, the city of Portland, police union and justice officials suggested an alternative that was quickly shot down as unacceptable.

The proposal: annual hearings before Portland’s City Council instead. Videos and transcripts of the council hearings and any exhibits would be provided to the judge for review. The judge could provide written questions to city officials, which would require the city’s response.

The idea came during an April 28 telephone conference hearing with U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon, according to a transcript of the proceeding The Oregonian obtained through a public records request…Continue reading at OregonLive.com

READTranscript of telephone conference April 28, 2014 (PDF, 35KB)