A hiring freeze. A "recalibration"’ of the police bureau’s use of social media. A truth and reconciliation committee between police and the Portlanders they serve. If Mayor Ted Wheeler gives Hardesty control of the police force as she has asked, she says the public can expect some of these ideas to move from paper to reality within a month.
Hours after it was revealed 56 Portland police officers will remain federal deputies at least through the end of the year, the Portland Police Bureau executed a show of force against protesters for racial justice. Over the course of the night, 24 people were arrested. Almost all of those people were charged with disorderly conduct or interfering with a police officer, both misdemeanors.
While demonstrations against racism and police violence have continued in downtown Portland for more than two months there are a variety of other groups coming out to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Portland Police began clearing Lownsdale Square and Chapman Square in downtown Portland Thursday morning as part of a deal with the Trump administration to remove federal officers from the city's downtown core.
The AP found that 95% of those arrested by police and federal agents were local. The vast majority have no criminal record in Oregon. Many appear to be college students. Their average age was 28, court records show.
The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to refer a measure to the November ballot asking Portlanders to overhaul police oversight in the city. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty led the charge for a ballot measure that would reshape how discipline and misconduct claims are handled.