Dan Handelman Weighs In

So, you wanna get down in duh weeds, okay we get way down.

The Office of Acting Director of Portland Copwatch Issued a Statement Today [somehow all caps seemed appropriate for all of that first line] :

There are quite a few amazing details that were never focused on in earlier discussions of the cases. An especially important inclusion is the 2007 off-duty shooting by Sgt Greg Stewart of Jeffrey Turpin, a man in mental health crisis who knocked on the door of Stewart’s Scappoose home randomly while trying to avoid being shot by Scappoose police.

Not only did Stewart fail to communicate with the on-duty officers before he shot Turpin through his door, but after he decided not to evacuate the house as he told 9-1-1 he would, he called his neighbor — another off-duty Portland cop — “by accident.”

and, with respect to Directive 336-point-zero-zero Police Review Board:

[T]he Directives still do not allow for the person who was harmed by an action of a police officer (or his /her representative) to sit and talk to the Police Review Board about their experience.

Not only can the [police] officer under investigation address the board (with an attorney or collective bargaining representative), but he/she gets to review the entire case file. These files are not available to complainants even when they appeal the outcome of Internal Affairs/Police Review Board investigations.

Either one or both of these conditions of police oversight changing would get me to eat again.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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