We are excited and proud to present our new study of thePortland Police Bureau: Oversight and Accountability. For decades, Portlanders have responded to police violence by demanding reforms and better oversight. This study describes both the problems encountered and the progress made. A major section lists the “Opportunities for Change” that will improve safety and fairness for both Portland civilians and the police officers who serve them. As the study’s conclusion states:
Portland’s police and City officials have work ahead to improve police accountability structures and authentic community engagement. The relationship between the public and the police is necessarily a two-way street, demanding mutual participation and investment, to build mutual respect and trust. The League stands ready to continue upholding our part in advancing a public safety environment that is fair, healthy, and just for all.
This study is the product of nine months of work by a 22-member volunteer study committee. Committee members reviewed 55 documents and also interviewed 22 key stakeholders, including police leadership, elected officials, and advocates for change.
An important addition to the study report is the Online Appendix, which you can read here. This not only has links to key source documents, but also brief summaries of each. It offers information that truly enhances the data in the study.
And a Panel Discussion of the Issues!
We also produced a panel discussion about Portland Police Oversight and Accountability. You’ll find the recording above this post. The panelists are:
Representative Janelle Bynum, who serves in the Oregon Legislature representing the 51st District, which includes East Portland and cities in east Multnomah County. Rep. Bynum serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Equitable Policing. Her legislative proposals in the 2021 session include bills for a database on police use of force, prompt medical assessment for arrested persons, and limits on the use of arbitration to reverse police agency findings of police misconduct.
Shawn Campbell, Chair of the Training Advisory Council (TAC) for the Portland Police Bureau. The TAC is a group of civilians who advise the PPB Training Division and Chief of Police. The TAC has outlined how changes in accountability, officer wellness, public safety specialization, procedural justice, and restorative justice could improve public safety.
Carol Johnson, JD, MA, an attorney who has spent her career working on civil rights. In 2019, she was appointed to Portland Police Citizen’s Review Committee, which advises the Bureau’s Independent Police Review (IPR). Johnson worked with the Portland League and The Links, Inc. on our newly published study, Portland Police Bureau: Oversight and Accountability.
MetroEast Community Media records our panel discussions and our candidate interviews and forums.
Listen as they explain how their organizations help people overcome the obstacles that made them homeless. The work being done is amazing in its scope. And the outcomes are inspiring. With housing and supportive services, people can turn their lives around.
We’ve updated our Directory of Elected Officials. Read it by clicking here. You’ll find information about how to contact all the elected representatives who serve people in our area. There are websites, emails, or phone numbers for everyone from President Biden to the directors of the Fire Districts.
When you have a concern about government, you can use this contact info to ask questions or express your opinion. The Directory also has information about political parties and voter registration. Finally, if you need more details about area governments, check out the Contact Elected Officials page of this website.
Look on this website to find balanced nonpartisan information for Oregon’s May 19, 2020 Primary Election. You will find lots of info about the candidates and measures that will be on your ballot.
We have links to the online copies of our print Primary Election Voters’ Guide, both in English and in Spanish. The Voters’ Guide includes candidates’ answers to questions about current issues. In addition, there are balanced explanations of local ballot measures, with pros and cons.
Video Voters’ Guide interviews
We are also excited about our Video Voters’ Guide, which features short interviews with 86 of the candidates who are running for office in Oregon or in various districts within Multnomah County.
Learn about all our resources to help voters, by clicking here.
Be sure to Vote!
Be an informed voter and remember to mail your ballot by Thursday, May 14. (No stamp needed!) Or drop off your ballot at an official drop site by no later than 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, May 19.
Look on VOTE411.org for answers to questions from the the candidates running in Oregon and in Multnomah County. The VOTE411.org website also has videos about some candidates. Plus there are links to the League’s Video Voters’ Guide interviews with 66 of the candidates. You can also read about the three ballot measures that will be on Multnomah County voters’ ballots. In addition, there’s information about how to register to vote in Oregon and tips for first time voters. Just go to the menu at the top left of the VOTE411 website, select Oregon, and check it out!
Remember in Oregon we vote by mail, and this year the postage is pre-paid. You don’t even need to buy a stamp.
Make sure you are registered!
If you are a first-time voter, make sure you register to vote by Tuesday, April 28. That’s also the deadline for choosing a political party or changing your party, so you can vote in the Primary for candidates running as Republicans or Democrats. To make sure you are registered, you can check your registration on vote411.org.
Make vote411.org your go-to source for nonpartisan election information.