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IPR Finds Bureau Lacks Policy to Provide Evidence of Untrustworthy Cops to Defense Lawyers

In late April, the "Independent" Police Review (IPR) released a report it began in January 2015 examining the issue of whether the Bureau was letting defense attorneys know about reasons officers testifying in court may lack credibility (such as, say, they were found to have been untruthful). Citing the 1963 court case Brady v. Maryland, IPR found the Bureau had no policy requiring the Bureau to hand over such information. The report details allegations about five officers whose supervisors found to be untruthful, but the Chief overturned those findings. The report reveals an Internal Affairs Lieutenant forwarded that information to the District Attorney's office. Rather than being rewarded for following a US Supreme Court ruling (aka constitutional legal procedures), the Lieutenant was reassigned by then-Chief Reese for his efforts. Much to our surprise, the Oregonian revealed this officer to be Lt. Larry Graham. Graham has had his ups and downs, providing helpful commentary at times during now-defunct Community Police Relations Committee meetings, but also being quite defensive of officers at a few Citizen Review Committee meetings (PPRs #58 and 62). PCW is granting Graham a "Spike Lee Do the Right Thing Award," which we haven't bestowed upon an officer for quite some time, with the caveat that this applies only to his whistleblowing efforts. After all, it was Graham (now a Captain at Central Precinct) who decided to revoke the organizers' permit on May Day (article), so, more actions for the downside column. The Bureau's response to IPR's report claims they will create a policy "within 90 days," so there should have been one by the end of July, but none has emerged.

  People's Police Report

September, 2017
Also in PPR #72

PPB Kills 2nd Black Youth in 3 Months
  Police Shootings Remain Steady in OR
City Reverses "New 48-Hour Rule"
DOJ Agreement's Fuzzy Future
Review Board Hearings Slow
Oversight Body Annual Report Incomplete
Bureau Lacks Policy on Untrustworthy Cops
Police Continue to Attack Protestors
Area Transit Kicks Up Security
Plight of Houseless: RV Crackdown
Profiling Bill Expands; PPB Covers Up Data
Quick Flashes PPR 72
  • Mounted Patrol Closed Down
  • Students Decry School Police
  • PPB Makes National News
  • New Chief Outlaw to Replace Marshman
Updates PPR 72
  • Chief O'Dea Would've Been Fired for Lying
  • Mohamud Case Heads to US Supreme Court
  • Training Council Looks at Tasers, Force Data
Rapping Back #72

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