Here's what Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty would do with the police
A hiring freeze. A "recalibration" of the Portland police's use of social media. A truth and reconciliation committee between police and the Portlanders they serve.
Should Mayor Ted Wheeler give Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty control of the police force as she has asked, Hardesty says the public can expect some of these ideas to move from paper to reality within a month.
Amid wildfires, far-right rallies and a presidential race, Hardesty's demands to take day-to-day oversight of the police bureau have faded from headlines. The mayor has given little indication he will hand over the police force to one of its loudest critics. He had an opening earlier this month when he reshuffled city bureaus to adjust for new commissioner Dan Ryan entering office. Hardesty's office had a statement ready accepting the bureau. They did not need it.
But the fast-approaching November election could bring new relevance to Hardesty's request. Wheeler's opponent, Sarah Iannarone, has pledged to give Hardesty control of the police force on her first day in office. The mayor has said he, too, will reconsider Hardesty's offer in January.
So, while Hardesty's public push may be on hiatus, it's worth diving into what exactly what the council's fiercest critic of the police would do if the mayor put her in charge.
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