Broad cross section of Portland groups calling for public involvement in police union talks and other reforms
The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is sponsoring a rally and march in at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland starting at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, September 25.
In less than a year, Portland police have been involved in several high profile cases involving the use of excessive force. These include the shooting deaths of three men: Aaron Campbell, Jack Collins, and Keaton Otis and a twelve year old girl was tasered and shot with a bean bag gun at a MAX station. The AMA Coalition has taken a strong stand for scrutiny of the police bureau’s use of excessive force, the need for more public involvement in the Independent Police Review Committee, and opening police union contract talks to the public.
“Our work is not done. We need to restore a respectful relationship between Portland’s police force and the community.” said Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes, of the AMA Coalition. “The main goal of the rally on September 25th is to continue mobilizing the community for justice and police reform.”
Speakers will include:
Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Chair of the Albina Ministerial Alliance
Kasey Jama, Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing
Chris O’Connor, Mental Health Association of Portland
Israel Beyer, Publisher of Street Roots newspaper
Rev. Bill Sinkford, Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church
Marco Mejia, Board Director of VOZ Workers Rights Education Project
and representatives from Sisters of the Road, Basic Rights Oregon and Portland Copwatch and more.
The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is working toward these five goals:
1. A federal investigation by the Justice Department to include criminal and civil rights violations, as well as a federal audit of patterns and practices of the Portland Police Bureau.
2. Strengthening the Independent Police Review Division and the Citizen Review Committee with the goal of adding power to compel testimony.
3. A full review of the Bureau’s excessive force and deadly force policies and training with diverse citizen participation for the purpose of making recommendations to change policies and training.
4. The Oregon State Legislature narrowing the language of the State statute for deadly force used by police officers.
5. Establishing a special prosecutor for police excessive force and deadly force cases.
The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform follows these three principles:
1. Embrace the five goals
2. Accept the principles of non-violent direct action as enunciated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Work as a team in concert to achieve the goals