The Oregon Department of Justice is officially reviewing a Portland police detective's use of force at protests.
Brent Weisberg, a spokesman for the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, confirmed to KOIN 6 News that Portland Police Bureau Detective Erik Kammerer's use of force is currently under review by the justice department. Weisberg said the request for department involvement was made by District Attorney Mike Schmidt due to a potential conflict of interest in the office.
No details on the use of force have been released, but Kammerer was recently named in a lawsuit filed by a Portland resident who was reportedly beaten by a police officer after being mistaken for a rioter last year. Although bureau officials never confirmed Kammerer's involvement in the incident, the resident alleges that Kammerer was the one to assault him.
This comes shortly after news broke that a Portland police officer has been indicted by a grand jury, stemming from an incident during a riot last summer.
On Tuesday afternoon, June 15, Schmidt announced Officer Corey Budworth was indicted for one count of fourth-degree assault for allegedly using a baton on a freelance photojournalist during a riot on Aug. 18, 2020. The charge is a misdemeanor.
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