Musical Chairs In Stead of Police Reform

Here’s how bad the latest Lets Avoid Real Reform proposal with respect to the lack of accountability for police misconduct here in Bump City [wait, is that the expression for Portland or is it supposed to mean Oakland?]: the quiet soft-spoken Dan Handelman points out that the new proposal, to supposedly improve police accountability, is supposed to reform the police by following the recommendations of the police union:

now we have news that the City wants to eliminate public appeal hearings on misconduct.

Here are just some of the reasons this is a terrible idea: [omitted by transcriber]

They even suggest that CRC voting to recommend a finding based on public testimony might be challenged by the Police Association, which is the real reason they’re trying to shut out the public I’m sure.

Update 20 July 2016: Mister Handelman responded to mis- or disinformation regarding the claimed calming effect of the so-called Independent Police Review Board, which is called by the initials IPR:

2002 is when the Portland Police adopted Tasers, and use of those
electroshock weapons went from zero to 400 per year at the same time
the number of shootings went down. Despite the promise that Tasers
would give officers options other than lethal force, it instead became
an excessively used weapon and led to the death of at least one person,
Timothy Grant, in 2006.

If the city auditor is going to claim credit for lowering the use of
deadly force, he or she also has to take the blame when that rate goes
back up, as it has in the last few years. There have been 29 shootings
since 2010, or 4.5 shootings per year. (Also, Blackmer’s claim that
there were zero shootings one year is patently untrue, and he ignores
that in 1995 there were only two shootings when IPR still did not

The IPR is banned from [177]investigating officer-involved
shootings, one of the most important elements of community trust.

In the current discussion of police and deadly force, nothing is more
important than looking at facts and analyzing systems. For former City
Auditor Blackmer, accuracy doesn’t seem to matter.

I am no fan of Mister Handelman’s awkward implementation of the English language, but the point he makes here is,

No, the IPR did not reduce police killings in our city.

There are more police shootings than ever.

That’s why we are tired of the “Police Reform” Tango. That’s why four citizens were arrested rather than tolerate the City Council doubletalk yet one more time.

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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