City Hall Update: Report says 'kettling,' arrests illegal
Police were not justified in detaining and identifying hundreds of counterprotesters and bystanders during a downtown Patriot Prayer rally on June 4, 2017, according to a report released Thursday, June 1, by the Independent Police Review division of the City Auditor's Office.
Police officials say such "kettling" only happens in extraordinary circumstances and at the direction of an incident commander. But the IPR found the Portland Police Bureau had no written policies about the practice at the time, although one is now in the works.
The report was written in response to 27 citizen complaints filed with IPR. A federal court judge in Portland granted class-action status for plaintiffs suing the city for being unlawfully detained in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
RIP work sessions set
Three work sessions on the Residential Infill Project have by scheduled by the Planning and Sustainability Commission. Recommendations would limit the size of new homes, rezone 60 percent of single-family neighborhoods for smaller multifamily projects, and encourage the redevelopment of narrow lots.
The schedule is: Scale of Houses, 2 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2020 S.W. Fourth Ave., Lincoln Room; Housing Choice, 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave, Suite 2500; and Narrow Lots, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave, Suite 2500.
The PSC, which advises the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will recommend its version to the City Council, which is expected to make its decision this fall.
New ONI name announced
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will be renamed the Office of Community and Civic Life effective July 1, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has announced.
Eudaly, who oversees ONI, says the change better reflects the city's engagement efforts with Portland residents, which have grown beyond the original neighborhood association system since it was first created.
"We chose the word Community to include all Portlanders, and the word Civic to highlight our role in engaging the public in local government," Eudaly and ONI Director Suk Rhee said.