I am writing this letter to the local congressional representative/s, senators, and any other parties that have a role in listening to my bill proposal, and my deep concerns for the state of Oregon. Anybody that can help, or advance this. I am native oregonian, and tax paying citizen with hopes to better and improve the quality of living in our state. I am writing this letter with full intention for a positive change for the people of Oregon, and the state. I am hoping for a possible advancement in equality and fairness with the help of our highly respected elected office members. I am highly convinced along with many oregon citizens that I have talked to, that this proposal will only benefit and equalize circumstances and situations that seem to be a growing concern for many people living in Oregon.
It is a noted reality in the state of Oregon that the Police Departments of Oregon have been increasingly involved in "officer-involved shootings" that have resulted in death. It seems to be at a higher frequency than ever in the recent years. In the history of Oregon there has never been an indictment to a police officer who has been involved in a shooting resulting in death. I am deeply concerned that there is a problem in the investigation system. One being that the department itself is responsible for this investigation, and there is no separation of entities when it comes to who's investigating. There is a systematic bias in favor of the police naturally, when it is not a neutral investigation.
My proposal is that when there is an "officer-involved shooting" resulting in death, that there be an independent investigation. That being separate from the police department, District Attorneys, and the government. I believe there should be a committee of a neutral party who investigates and formulates the evidence and facts. A neutral committee having no ties to either parties involved. I see a flaw in the system, when the police department and fellow cohorts become the judge, juror, and executor. We need to look at a larger spectrum, and realize that when someone is given absolute power, abuse of that power and control is inevitable. I do believe this is a very important issue and concern.