Consultant chosen to review police response to protests
Mayor Ted Wheeler's Office has announced the National Police Foundation has been selected to conduct an independent assessment of the Portland Police Bureau's response to mass demonstrations and First Amendment assemblies, included the bureau's communications with protestors.
Wheeler first called for an independent review after texts between Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and a police liaison were released, prompting criticism from left wing protesters and others that they seemed friendly. Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and other law enforcement officials defended the exchanges as part of the liaison's job.
According to Wheeler's office, the goal of the review is to:
• Independently assess the police bureau's response to demonstrations on June 4, 2017 and August 4, 2018 and other relevant incidents from a variety of perspectives that include bureau personnel, community groups and members, and other stakeholders.
• Conduct analysis of where improvements can be made in bureau policy, planning, practice, training, tactics, staffing, and resources.
Identify ways to strengthen communication and relationship building with community members and demonstrators.
The city chose the National Police Foundation because they had the most comprehensive proposal, along with the strongest team and have also conducted similar work in the past, the mayor's office said.
Police union's president Daryl Turner has criticized the idea of a review as a "knee jerk response" to early news stories.
Additional information about the foundation's work can be found here.
The contact is posted here.
You can read a previous Portland Tribune story about the issue here.
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