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Police Association Contract Campaign 2019-2020
(this page created by and hosted by Portland Copwatch;
we do not speak for all groups participating in the campaign)
Beginning in early 2019, Portland Copwatch has been working with a number of other groups on a campaign to improve the City's contract with the Portland Police Association.
On August 26, PCW cosponsored a forum on the contract organized by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform.
On September 11, Oregon Action released a letter to City Council outlining demands for the contract which has signatures from roughly 30 organizations. A summary of the letter's main points can be seen below.
Portland Copwatch has posted an annotated version of the letter which points to specific problem areas in the contract.
On September 24, Portland Copwatch, Oregon Action and other groups involved in the campaign released a letter focusing on items which should be negotiated-- but should not be in the contract itself.
PCW also annotated this second letter.
In November/December 2019, the City is collecting information from the community to help them prioritize their negotiations. You can send in your comments at https://portlandoregon.gov/wheeler/80027. The form asks you if you live in Portland and if so, in what neighborhood. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can, but you can also put your name (and organization's name if you have one) in the text field.
Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Hardesty held a community forum at Portland Community College-Cascade on November 18 where three of the main concerns of the community letter-- Deadly Force, Accountability (disciplining officers appropriately), and Oversight (an empowered civilian-run system) raised to the top of the list.
A second forum is scheduled for Monday, December 16 from 6-8 PM at PCC's Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd. The community is encouraged to turn out as this can help give the City the information it failed to seek in 2016, when police violently cracked down on protestors opposing the rushed contract approved then.
Also turning in our favor, Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner appeared at a meeting of the Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing on November 19, and expressed in no uncertain terms that he agrees officer need to be held to a higher standard because they can restrict people's liberties and use deadly force.
In late November, Portland Jobs with Justice posted a series of informational graphics about the campaign which you can use for your information and/or share with others. (The above link is to Instagram, you can also see the graphics on facebook.)
SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY DEMANDS FOR THE 2020 CONTRACT
including updated information from November 2019
The contract between the City and the PPA has been a major barrier to police accountability in the past. Now that negotiations are opening up, let's take the opportunity to change that in the following ways:
*- The City must be clear with the public about the timeline for negotiations, and the process to set the City's bargaining priorities. The City should be commended for holding community listening sessions because Portlanders deserve the chance to raise our voices about what we'd like to see in the next contract, and bargaining priorities should be set through a public process.
*- We should improve our civilian oversight system by giving civilian oversight agencies explicit jurisdiction in deadly force cases, the power to compel testimony from officers in any investigation, and the ability to recommend appropriate discipline for misconduct.
*-Additionally, police officers should not receive special rights in disciplinary interviews that are not extended to everyday Portlanders in interrogations.
*- The City must create a system to fire officers who use excessive force, exhibit racism, or engage in other forms of bias-based, oppressive policing.
*- After an officer uses or attempts to use deadly force against the public, they should be tested for drugs, including steroids.
*- Any member of the public who files a complaint against an officer should ensure that their identity and personal information are protected from disclosure to the officer who is the subject of the complaint.
*-In the negotiations for the 2016 contract, the City traded away millions of dollars in pay raises and other line items, without meaningfully improving accountability or oversight of the police except for removing the "48 hour rule." We cannot let that same situation repeat itself.
Public trust in the Portland Police Bureau is at an all-time low. We need our City Council to step in and start to restore that public trust by ensuring that the Portland Police Association contract serves the community and promotes police accountability.
Thanks to Unite Oregon and others involved in the Campaign for the basic language used in this section.
National Best Practices
• 2016 letter to Council from Portland Copwatch, the AMA Coalition and the NAACP.
Excerpts from the August AMA Coalition Forum on the Contract
Portland Police Association Contract 2016-2020
Information on Past Negotiations
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About the 2019-2020 campaign
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Portland Copwatch is a grassroots, volunteer organization promoting police accountability through citizen action.