Three of 11 members of city's police oversight board resign
Three members of the city of Portland's 11-person police oversight board have resigned — all in the span of 24 hours.
The Citizen Review Committee serves as a volunteer advisory board to the Independent Police Review, the city agency that investigates complaints made against police officers. The City Council has referred a measure to the November ballot asking Portlanders to scrap the agency and to replace it with a new model championed by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.
But Candace Avalos, the chair of the committee, said this system could take two years to implement, assuming the measure passes. In the meantime, she said the Independent Police Review has stopped recruitment for the oversight board.
This leaves the committee shorthanded for the foreseeable future at a time when an unprecedented number of complaints against police are flooding the agency.
Ross Caldwell, director of the Independent Police Review committee, estimated back in July that the complaints would add more than a year's worth of extra work. The CRC, which hears appeals, likely will see a similar workload increase.
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