City Council to vote on police oversight ballot measure
Portland's City Council will vote on whether to refer a ballot measure to voters to create a new system of independent police oversight on July 29, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
Where do we go from here? I've outlined my vision on re-imaging community safety, which you can read in full at the link below. (Thread - 1/9)https://t.co/fIsxdKKGbl— Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (@JoAnnPDX) July 22, 2020
"This bold proposal, created in partnership with community advocates and experts, will create a new national model for police accountability," Hardesty wrote in the Twitter thread on July 21.
Hardesty wrote that, in order to enact her vision of community safety, she must be in charge of the Portland Police Bureau, writing that she would explain her reasoning in the coming days.
Hardesty released her vision on July 14, which includes limiting the size and scope of the Portland Police Bureau, creating alternatives to the police and decriminalizing nonviolent crimes.
The City Council will vote at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.
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