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US Department of Justice Investigation of Portland Police:
Analysis and Background

In 2012, the US DOJ found a "pattern and practice" of excessive force by the PPB, particularly against people experiencing mental health crisis.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:00 AM, Federal Courthouse, 1000 SW 3rd
Testify whether the DOJ Settlement Agreement is "fair, adequate and reasonable"
More info at the AMA Coalition website
including the Court's announcement of the fairness hearing and documents you can use to file testimony.

Portland Copwatch will hold an informational meeting about the DOJ Agreement on Saturday, February 8 from 2:30-4:30 PM at the AFSC office, 2249 E Burnside (following the PJW annual meeting) the AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is holding at least 4 forums.

NEW! Read Portland Copwatch's testimony to the federal court on the "fairness" of the Settlement" (January 31, 2014):

  • pdf format (16 pgs)
  • text format (Intro + 11 sections with links)

  • Below are links to official documents as well as analyses by Portland Copwatch and our allies related to the agreement.

    DOJ Letter of Findings (dated 11/12/12)

  • The DOJ Letter of Findings of September 12, 2012 can be seen at:
      (Here's a news release about the findings:   http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/September/12-crt-1111.html)

  • The ACLU and other community partners, as well as the AMA Coalition (with PCW) released analyses of the DOJ Findings Letter on Sept. 27, 2012.
      • ACLU/Community partners analysis
      • AMA Coalition/Portland CW analysis

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    DOJ Agreement with the City of Portland (adopted 11/14/12)

  • Read the 74-page DOJ / City of Portland Settlment Agreement adopted November 14, 2012.
  •   Read Portland Copwatch's analysis calling US Department of Justice / City of
          Portland Agreement "a plastic mallet to hammer in a problem nail" (10/31/12):
          • 7-page Analysis in PDF format Analysis in html (text) format (with links)
  •   Read the AMA Coalition analysis of the final agreement (Nov. 13, 2012)
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    Changes to PPB Directives

  • In October 2012, Chief Reese published proposed new policies on Tasers, Force & Deadly Force


  •   Read Portland Copwatch's comments on the proposed directives (10/22/12)

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    DOJ Letter of Findings
    DOJ/Portland Agreement
    Changes to PPB Directives

    Portland Copwatch
    PO Box 42456
    Portland, OR 97242
    (503) 236-3065/ Incident Report Line (503) 321-5120
    e-mail: copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

    Portland Copwatch is a grassroots, volunteer organization promoting police accountability through citizen action.

    Posted December 18, 2012, last updated January 31, 2014

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