The Portland City Council discussed the police response to political and racial justice protests over the past 18 months and voted unanimously to accept a report by the Citizen Review Committee's Crowd Control and Use of Force workgroup.
The report, which was presented during a City Council meeting Wednesday, Sept. 22, calls for police reforms. The group recommended creating a "plan to mitigate the risks to public health" in the "event of chemical weapon use." It also suggests making the existing ban on the Portland Police Bureau's use of CS gas permanent and expanding it to cover other chemical weapons.
The Crowd Control and Use of Force group said bureau should avoid "less lethal munitions" and adopt "soft clothes" for protests.
That prompted a question from Commissioner Mingus Mapps about how many police were injured during the protest.
Members of the group responded, saying it's nuanced and they understand the need for officers to be protected. The group's report also stated that there was bias in favor of right-wing groups and against Person of Color protesters and the press.
While commissioners voted to accept the report, they said the vote does not implement the recommended changes.
A previous Portland Tribune story on the report can be found here.
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