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Profiling Data Discussed at Two Public Meetings
... from Different Perspectives

As noted in the article on the US Department of Justice, the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP) held two meetings to talk about the Portland Police Bureau (PPB)'s traffic stop data. The first had three community members, including Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch, raising the concern that the general stop rate for Black people in Portland is 19%, and for the Focused Intervention Team it is 44%, while the Black population of Portland is just 6% (PPR #90). The PCCEP invited members of the Police Bureau to present at a follow up meeting. Questions that were raised but not answered include:

[Figure showing demographics of stop data]--The PPB's report indicates there is no statistical significance by comparing, for instance, stops made by patrol officers to crime victimization rates (rather than crash data, which makes more sense when talking about traffic stops). What would it look like to compare the crash data to the non- traffic officers' stop rates? (Our guess: Not good for the cops.)

--Black drivers are subjected to consent searches 2.2% of the time, while white drivers only get asked to be searched 1.4% of the time. Is there significance to the fact that Black drivers are 1.5 times more likely to be subject to a consent search than white people?

Also, as related to the issue that supposedly people driving into Portland from surrounding areas disrupts census data figures, the Report shows that Portland suburbs of Gresham (5%), Vancouver, WA (3%), Beaverton (2%), Tigard (2%) and Lake Oswego (1%) all have lower relative Black populations than Portland.

  [People's Police Report]

January, 2024
Also in PPR #91

Community Oversight Plan Dismantled by City
DOJ Agreement 1/2 Terminated, Court Monitor OKd
Police Violence Costs the City Another $371,000+
 • "Union" Pays Former Commissioner $680K for False Claims
PPB Kills Third Person in 2023
 • Man in Mental Health Crisis Dies in Milwaukie Cops' Custody
State Police Deadly Force Down from 42 to 30+
 • More News: D.Clark, DEA/Qualified Immunity, CW Graphic
Review Committee Loses Five Members, Gains One
IPR Annual Report Adds Some Detail, Omits Others
Criminalization of Homelessness on Hold
Medford Police Continue Spying on Activists
 • Mohammed Mohamud Loses Appeal Bid
Chief Lovell Steps Down, Bob Day Takes Over
Deputies Indicted: Jail Deaths, Off-Duty Fight
Profiling Data Discussed at Two Public Meetings
Training Council Delays Force Data Presentations
Car Crashes Spotlit in Comments on Police Policies
State Discipline Rules Updated at Iffy Meetings
Still No Deadly Force in Review Board Report
Updates PPR #91:
 • Council Approves Body Cameras as Pilot Ends Without Data
 • Drone Use Slowly Creeping Up Month by Month

Rapping Back #91

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