As the city of Portland approaches the start of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Portland Police Association, community advocates and activists Wednesday made requests for more accountability and oversight.
"In the past the contract between the city of Portland and the PPA has made it almost impossible for our community to hold officers accountable when they harm our community," said Kayse Jama, executive director with Unite Oregon — a group that says it's focused on building a unified intercultural justice movement in Oregon.
"It's been a major barrier to civilian oversight of police," he said.
The Portland Police Association, or PPA, is the union that represents sworn Portland Police Bureau officers. The current contract expires next June.
Jama and others with groups including Portland NAACP, League of Women Voters and Portland Jobs with Justice gathered across from City Hall Wednesday morning to discuss their needs for the new contract.
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