Portland police required to report munitions to City Council
The Portland Police Bureau has been directed to make an inventory of its crowd control tools — one of several steps in City Council's ongoing process of reforming the bureau.
The council passed a resolution Wednesday, Dec. 9, requiring that PPB report the quantity of each type of munition it uses and what each munition's purpose is. The bureau will also be required to provide the ingredient list, manufacturer and expiration date for chemical munitions, according to the resolution.
The council also aims to establish new procedures before PPB can purchase military-style equipment, including tear gas, pepper spray and rubber ball distraction devices.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
PPB revealed it had spent tens of thousands of dollars on munitions during this year's political protests. It has not provided many details on the type or quality, however.
"The key to building trust with the community is transparency and openness," Wheeler said at the Wednesday meeting.
On Dec. 1, a federal judge found the city of Portland in contempt of an order restricting the use of less-lethal munitions during protests associated with a demonstration on June 30. U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez concluded officers violated a temporary restraining order three times during the protest.
At the time, a temporary restraining order was in place, restricting officers' ability to use tear gas and less-lethal munitions as a way to disperse crowds where there is little or no risk of injury.
PPB will have to present its first report about its stockpile at the end of January.
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