Public Hearings about Portland Police Reform – upcoming dates

Citizens concerned about the fate of police reform in Portland will have the chance to offer input at five upcoming forums – four hosted by the Independent Police Review, and one hosted by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Peace and Justice.

The Mental Health Association of Portland is a member of the AMA Coalition. In 2012 the US Department of Justice found the Portland Police Bureau has a pattern and practice of harming people with mental illness. The 2014 Federal lawsuit, USA v. City of Portland, has sought to amend that harm with additional training, development of facilities to benefit people with mental illness, and changes to city policy.

The AMA coalition will hold a public forum to take feedback on the city’s progress with the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement.

6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Ave.

Leaders of the AMA Coalition will update the community on the status of the city’s settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice, and take input on the April 3 draft compliance report on the city’s reforms. Comments on that report are due May 2.

Two members of the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison team from Chicago have committed to attending the forum. For more information about the AMA Coalition forum, contact Chair Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr., or co-chair Dr. T. Allen Bethel at (503) 288-7242.

In addition to the AMA Coalition public forum, the Independent Police Review will hold five listening sessions in the coming weeks:

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 15 at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St.
6:30 – 8 p.m. April 19 at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. April 25 at Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave.
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. April 28 at Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St.

Citizens also can comment on the settlement to the Independent Police Review at constantin.severe@portlandoregon.gov, by postal mail at Independent Police Review, 1221 SW 4th, Suite 140, Portland, OR 97204, or by voicemail, (503) 823-0146.

It’s left unstated by both the AMA Coalition and the Independent Police Review what will be done with the collected feedback.

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