A Message From Portland Cop Watch -
We sent out information about this upcoming public forum on police accountability in a longer email a while back. It is particularly important for the Citizen Review Committee (CRC) to hear from members of the community who have concerns about (a) incidents they have endured or witnessed at the hands of the Portland police and/or (b) how the civilian oversight system in Portland works (still police investigating other police after all these years).
While the CRC is the tiny sliver of what we might call a police review board in this city, the 5-week struggle to get City Council to expand CRC’s powers in November and December proved that the powers that be still don’t understand how to build trust in the oversight system. The CRC had asked for and supported several changes that were not made, BUT now have the ability to recommend policy changes directly to the Bureau, rather than being filtered through the professional staff at the “Independent” Police Review Division, where CRC is housed.
SO– We strongly encourage you all, especially those involved with Occupy Portland who tried telling their stories to City Council but were gavelled down by the Mayor, to turn out next Thursday, the 26th, at the East Portland Community Center to go on record with CRC with your concerns. It would probably be helpful even if you are relating a personal story of misconduct to articulate how you think things could be made better… no police horses or pepper spray at protests? Investigations into misconduct done by independent civilians, not police Internal Affairs? You decide.
Quick note in case this matters to anyone: We’ve discouraged the use of this particular meeting space in the past because it is across the street from the Police Bureau’s East Precinct. The CRC has not formally invited (nor had, to our knowledge) police present at any of their previous commuinity forums (fora??), so if you see police cars and uniforms, you should know that’s why.
Also, for historical reference, Sunday Janaury 29 will mark 2 years since Aaron Campbell was shot in the back and killed by Officer Ron Frashour.
Spread the word.
CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE
Community Oversight of Portland Police Bureau
Jamie Troy, Chair
Message: 503-823-0926 Fax: 503-823-3530 TTD: 503-823-6868
Jan. 26th, 6-8PM: Community Public Forum on Police Accountability
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release January 17, 2012
The Citizen Review Committee (CRC), a nine-member volunteer committee appointed by the Portland City Council to monitor and advise the City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) division, hear appeals of police complaints and gather community concerns about police services in Portland, Oregon.
The CRC members are hosting a community forum to present information about their work to provide community oversight of the police and hear community input about police services. The forum will be facilitated and the notes from the forum will be posted to the IPR/CRC website. Light refreshments will be served.
The IPR/CRC website is http://www.portlandoregon.gov/
WHAT: Community Public Forum on Police Accountability
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: East Portland Community Center 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland 97216