Boring Stuff Only Retired Math Teachers Appreciate; or, alternatively, the Truth Looks Better

Portland Copwatch press release 20 November 2015
Regarding 2014 Annual Report of Independent Police Review (IPR) Division of City of Portland

Among its findings, PCW notes:

–Though the number of allegations of Use of Force are the lowest in IPR’s history, the 35 complaints still propelled Force to the top 5 complaints category;

–The number of Force complaints sustained was the highest ever– four– but the overall “sustain rate” of force allegations since 2002 is 0.84%;

–Comparing Force complaints to overall use of force statistics, it shows only 4% of Force incidents provoked complaints in 2010, while 7% led to complaints in 2014;

Transcriber [Your Intrepid Reporter, MM] comments, as follows: If seven percent of the incidents of use of force – let us say, 7% of USF for short – are complaints at the lowest level in IPR history, lower, obviously than the 4% of USF in 2010, then it follows that the USF, the total number of use of force incidents, has to have dropped precipitously, has to have become significantly lower in the four years.

–Only one of 27 allegations of Racial Profiling was investigated, and it was found “Exonerated” (in policy); the fate of an officer videotaped saying the “N” word in late 2013 is not clear;

–While IPR’s role in the administrative investigations of deadly force incidents is significant, the report once again lacks details, including the names of those who died and the fact that several shot were in mental health crisis;

–IPR states that 66% of investigated cases ended with at least one allegation “Sustained,” but in reality only 42 of 789 allegations filed, or 5.3%, were sustained; this means community members have at best a one in twenty chance to have a complaint affirmed, not a two in three chance as IPR implies;

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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