Portland Police, U.S. Department of Justice, Release Agreement on Mental Health Reforms

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland released a settlement agreement Friday on changes the city must make in order to stay out of court, in the wake of the DOJ’s findings that police have a pattern of using excessive force against the mentally ill.The agreement ramps up both internal and external supervision of the department, expands police crisis training and response and further ...   More
 
Friday, October 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police to Reinstate Mental Health Team

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As the city continues its negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, Police Chief Mike Reese announced today the city will reinstate a Crisis Intervention Team to deal with Portland's mentally ill.The changes follow last month's damning report finding that the Portland Police Bureau has a "pattern and practice" of using excessive force against those in mental health crisis. Portland must give ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

More 'Shocking' Info on Portland Police Use of Force


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We reported today about new stats showing Portland police use Tasers on people with mental illness more than anyone else. Here are five more nuggets from the Independent Police Review report issued last week, which covers data from November 2007 to November 2008. Fact 1: African-American subjects are the only racial group that's subjected to use of force at a greater rate than they get arrested. Black ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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