From the review today by Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch of the most recent “Semi-annual Police Review Board Report”:
The 14 cases encompass 37 allegations, leading the PRB to make 26 “Sustained” (out of policy) recommendations. However, only two of the “Sustained” findings had to do with use of force– and that was for two officers who engaged in a confrontation while off-duty.
That is, Dear Reader, none of the allegations, however many however few, of police brutality toward suspects while the sworn officers were on duty were found to be valid.
By the so-called “Police Review Board”. At the bottom we find this footnote:
*** Although six other Force cases listed as “Bureau” cases also were sustained in 2008-2010.
The last time a ‘Sustained’ verdict found the police officer to have brutalized the public was in 2010.
Further, Handelman writes:
Though Officer Robert Brown tripped and fell, then used his clumsiness as an excuse to kill 23-year-old Nick Davis, a homeless man, the Board found no wrongdoing in the June 5, 2014 shooting incident. They excused the extreme violence by stating Davis had exhibited “paranoia” before taking a crowbar out and swinging it toward Brown “without warning.” The Board supported Brown’s claim that he feared for his life, even though his partner, Officer Matthew Nilsen, did not apparently feel the urge to use deadly force. The report minimizes the snuffing out of the young man’s life by stating that “the suspect retreated and the threat ended.”
The threat ended by the suspect getting shot to death, you see.
This is yet one more case where the officer exercised his “Get Out of Trouble Free” card provided by Oregon state law. Just say “I feared for my life” and the State doesn’t want to hear anything more. You are free to go, officer, there’s no stain on your record.
Update 2 February: quote
Hales responded to the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot movement by promising to continue to meet with protester to discuss how to reduce police use of force incidents and prevent such incidents as the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. unquote.
That is to say, he will meet to discuss. He will do nothing; or rather, all of his actions are in the opposite direction, the direction of Greater Police Discretion and Less Police Accountability.