A “campaign of widespread violence” by the Portland Police Bureau violated thousands of protesters’ constitutional rights during the city’s 2020 racial justice demonstrations, according to a motion seeking class action certification filed Wednesday in federal court on behalf of protesters.
While investigators have yet to disclose more information about the shooting, at least three of the involved officers have been involved in shootings in the past, records show. One of them was fatal. All three have been ruled justified.
Portland and U.S. Department of Justice have reached an agreement on a proposed new section to the 2014 settlement agreement guiding the police bureau’s use of force, and lays out steps that pave the way forward on a number of thorny issues the city, police union and federal prosecutors have been trying to resolve since the city fell out of compliance in April 2021.
A months-long internal affairs investigation into a police bureau leak found Officers Brian Hunzeker, Kerri Ottoman and Ken Le were responsible for leaking false information implicating Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty in a hit-and-run, according to an October disposition letter sent to Hardesty.