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Police Accountability Commission Gets More
Time to Design New Oversight System
by Philip C.

[screenshot of Feb 13th PAC meeting, via YouTube]The Police Accountability Commission (PAC) has been working hard to design a new civilian-led police oversight system. They began meeting in December 2021 and are now in the Structure and Details phase where they are creating recommendations on Board Membership, Reporting and Transparency, and Oversight Staff. They also spend time meeting with officials, stakeholders, and the public to seek input and recommendations. All this work amounts to at least 2-3 official meetings per week and often more for committee co-chairs.

In January and February, the PAC finished the work of its previous phase, creating an outline for how a case about police misconduct will move through the system (Officer Accountability), ways the staff and Board will get the documents and evidence they need (Access to Information), and how the Board will make recommendations (Structural Oversight).

The PAC asked City Council to make their deadline match the one specified in an Amendment to the US Department of Justice Settlement Agreement, giving them until October 29, 2023 to complete their work. City Council had been ignoring their request but, on March 22, finally increased the PAC's deadline from June 9 to August 31, a compromise between City Council's rushed deadline and a step closer to the official deadline specified in the agreed-to Amendment.

During City Council hearings, Mayor Wheeler likes to joke about how little the PAC is being paid for their work and the intense demand for time he's expecting of the PAC members. I believe Wheeler thinks he's praising the PAC members for their volunteer work but it comes off, to me, as manipulative flattery to acquire free labor at the expense of people's mental health, well-being, and the well-being of the community. The government should thank volunteers by providing them resources, time, and attentiveness, not laughing at how little they're being paid and failing to respond to requests in a timely manner.

For more information on the PAC, go to portland.gov/police-accountability.
  [People's Police Report]

May, 2023
Also in PPR #89

2022's Record 42 Deadly Force Incidents in Oregon
MultCo Deputies Shoot Again, 8 PPB Cases Reviewed
Judge Keeps Pushing City on DOJ Agreement
City Settles with 4 More Protestors for Over $200K
 • PPB Evicts Family from Hotel, City Pays $15,000
Community Review Board Assigned to Mayor's Office
PAC Gets More Time to Design Oversight System
Relocation Center for Houseless Community to Open
Terror Task Force Report: A Public Nothing Burger
Training Council Continues Debating Demographics
Quick Flashes PPR #89:
 • Drones Buzz Their Way into Portland
 • Nike Store Doesn't Get Cops for Security
 • Multnomah Deputy Charged with Strangulation

Updates PPR #89:
 • City, Police Assoc. Debate Pre-Review of Bodycam Footage
 • PPB Quietly Releases Body Camera Policy with Limited Input
 • Overwhelming Opposition to Gunshot Detection Technology
 • Hunzeker Reinstated, Then Resigns Over 2nd Job
 • Sergeant Who Oversaw Biased Training Slide Suspended
 • Portland Police Step Up Efforts to Put Cops Back in Schools

Rapping Back #89

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