The measure creating a new, beefed-up community oversight board for the Portland Police Bureau is passing according to early election night returns, Nov. 3.
The proposal, Measure 26-217, crafted by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, is winning support from 82% of the voters, according to results posted at 8 p.m.
As written, the new independent oversight board would receive at least 5% of the police bureau's budget, be empowered to investigate all uses of deadly force and deaths in custody, compel testimony from police officers and witnesses, subpoena relevant documents and police records, and impose discipline against officers — including termination.
Commissioner Hardesty has said she is confident the necessary changes to state law and the current contract with the union representing rank-and-file police officers could be achieved.
However, the Portland Police Association union has vowed to challenge the proposal should it pass at the polls.
The new board would replace the Independent Police Review, which was under the elected city auditor's direction. The results of most IPR investigations were confidential.
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