U.S. Justice Department requests Portland police wear body cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a new list of requests for the Portland Police Bureau amid an ongoing back-and-forth between federal officials and the City of Portland surrounding their joint civil rights settlement agreement.
According to a spokesperson for Mayor Ted Wheeler, among the nine requests discussed Tuesday, July 11, was the request for the city to implement a body-worn camera program for all officers.
The requests include looking at officers' use of force, training, holding officers accountable and community engagement.
Here is the full list:
• The city of Portland should implement body-worn cameras for all officers.
• The city of Portland should revise its Force Data Collection Report and After-Action Review forms to include information "to show required timeliness of completion and review."
• The city of Portland "should contract with a qualified outside entity to critically assess the city's response to crowd control events in 2020 in a public-facing report that includes recommendations to which the city will publicly respond."
• The city of Portland "should create a 'needs assessment' for crowd control training that adequately addresses issues PPB's response to the 2020 protests. We propose this should be part of the crowd control assessment we just discussed."
• The city of Portland "should ensure PPB's budget covers officers' annual required training without relying on overtime."
• The city of Portland "should appoint a qualified civilian head over PPB's Training Division to ensure consistent and appropriate training based on problem-based learning and other generally accepted adult-learning techniques."
• The city of Portland "should identify and hold accountable (Rapid Response Team) lieutenants and above who approved force without adequate justification during the 2020 protests."
• If the city of Portland's "proposal for addressing timeliness and quality of investigations and effective discipline is the implemetnation of the new voter-approved Community Police Oversight Board, the city should propose amendments to the agreement within 90 days and formulate a plan for an orderly transition to and full implementation of the board."
• The city of Portland "should issue its 2020 annual report and hold the required meetings before the end of summer 2021, and do the same in 2022 and any future years during which the agreement is still in effect."
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