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Quick Flashes PPR #72

Mounted Patrol Closed Down, Students Decry School Police, PPB Makes National News

So much has been going on in the last several months, we don't have room to do full reports on these developments.

--After years of Portland Copwatch railing against the violence and intimidation perpetrated by the Bureau's Mounted Patrol, and various efforts to eliminate its funds from the budget, the City Council finally de-funded the horse unit as of July 1. We wish the horses well in their retirement.

--The Portland Student Action Network called to remove armed police from high schools because there are no data on who gets arrested, school police enforce rules disproportionately against students of color, and "Police in schools create a hostile culture and inhibit students' ability to feel safe" (KOIN-TV, May 8).

--Portland's messed-up Police Bureau prompted at least two national articles singling us out as an outlier: The Los Angeles Times compared the Bureau to a Portlandia sketch, implying that officer involved shootings, beatings, cover-ups and other misdeeds are "funny" (April 8) latimes.com/nation/la-na-portland-oregon-police-2017-story.html; and Slate wrote a piece called "Portland's protests are bringing light to racially biased policing" on May 15.

New Chief Outlaw Chosen to Replace Marshman

On August 7, Mayor Wheeler announced he had decided to pick one of the four final candidates for Police Chief-- and that it was not current Chief Mike Marshman. Rather, he chose Danielle Outlaw, a deputy chief from Oakland. Only two of the four finalists' names (including Larry Scirotto from Pittsburgh) were made public, contrary to promises made when the search began. In addition to the endless humor to draw from her name, many have noted that Outlaw is the first African American female chief in Portland's history. Despite their professed love for Marshman (see Rapping Back), the Portland Police Associaiton claimed to support the decision (Oregonlive, August 10).

For those paying attention to the revolving door at the Bureau, Assistant Chief Kevin Modica, the previously highest-ranking African American officer, made a deal to retire on June 30 rather than have his career tarnished by the outcome of an investigation (Oregonian, July 2). He had been accused of failing to follow up on a complaint against the (African American) PPB Diversity Manager for inappropriate remarks made to an Asian American employee.

During the waiting period for Outlaw to begin her term, Marshman decided to take vacation time and leave Assistant Chief Chris Uehara in charge, presumably until October.

In a May 24 response to the City's survey about the search for a new Chief, Portland Copwatch wrote: "[Our] general position is that you could hire the Dalai Lama and it won't ensure the reforms that are needed. The important thing is to change the institution and culture of the police."

  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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