May 27th, 2010 By JAMES PITKIN | News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Citizen Review Committee Reports on Alleged Bias By Portland Police

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City's Hall's Citizen Review Committee on police today released its final report (PDF) on alleged bias by Portland cops.

There are some pointed words about police and police oversight. But the report, three-and-a-half years in the making, contains nothing groundbreaking. Overall, its recommendations fall along the lines of "let's communicate more and improve what we're already doing."

The citizen committee, which works closely with City Hall's Independent Police Review Division, reviewed 36 complaints made between July 2005 and July 2007. All involved allegations of disparate treatment based on at least one of the following categories: race, sex, age, nationality, sexual orientation, economic status, political or religious beliefs, or mental or physical disability.

Such allegations comprise about 5 percent of the complaints that citizens make about the police, according to the report.

Here's what the report has to say about controversial police practices like "pretext stops," or having a "mere conversation" with a subject:



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Past reports have found that citizens believe IPR lacks credibility. Here's some of what the report has to say about IPR's community relations:

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And there's more along the same lines:

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The reports lauded the bureau's Internal Affairs Division but was harder on commanders:

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The report says citizen review committee members met twice with now-former Police Chief Rosie Sizer to discuss the subject of bias-based policing.

The report acknowledges Sizer's efforts, including requiring officers to hand out business cards — a policy some cops have told WW is regarded as a joke among the rank-and-file.
 
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