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POLICE BUREAU FAILS TO REPORT FORCE INCIDENTS, PEDESTRIAN STOPS 6|28|17

Portland, OR, June 28, 2017-- Portland Copwatch, a civilian group promoting
police accountability, today accused the Portland Police of under-reporting
information about Use of Force and stops of pedestrians.
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:46:33
From: Portland Copwatch
To: News Media
Cc: Portland City Council -- Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
Commissioner Dan Saltzman
Commissioner Nick Fish
Mayor Ted Wheeler
Mary Hull Caballero
Constantin Severe
Dennis Rosenbaum
Chief Michael Marshman
Portland Copwatch
Subject: NEWS: Police Bureau Fails to Report Force Incidents, Pedestrian Stops

Portland Copwatch
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
 copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org


POLICE BUREAU FAILS TO REPORT FORCE INCIDENTS, PEDESTRIAN STOPS

Portland, OR, June 28, 2017-- Portland Copwatch, a civilian group promoting
police accountability, today accused the Portland Police of under-reporting
information about Use of Force and stops of pedestrians.

Under the Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the
Bureau puts out quarterly statistics on Use of Force. The data for
October-December 2016, released back in April, should include police uses of
force at the protest against the police "union" contract at City Hall on
October 12 as well as multiple protests following the election in November.
Specifically, the report says there were only seven uses of pepper spray in
that quarter and one "impact weapon," which combines batons and "less lethal"
firearms. The data say that the seven people pepper sprayed were 6 white males
and 1 black male (and 5 of them "transients").
 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/637916
A video posted by the Oregonian shows a white female clearly sprayed in face by
a PPB officer.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2zvGuxXeFw&t=3m40s

So either this officer did not report his use of pepper spray (which is
required under the Crowd Control and Force Directives) or the Bureau does not
consider this a use of Force. This is possible, as the Independent Police
Review annual report stated "when an officer pushes someone in a crowd control
situation, such an action could be considered an appropriate crowd control
technique as described in Police Bureau policies" and not Force.
 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/article/639598 (page 14)

The woman who was sprayed was identified as Allyson Drozd when she sued the
police in April.
 link to koin.com
In addition, the Willamette Week lists at least three other people who were
sprayed just on October 12-- Jesse Sponberg, Ibrahim Mubarak and Donald
Thompson III.
 link to www.wweek.com


Furthermore, the Bureau admitted using "less lethals" and pepper spray during
the post-election protests, noted in a tweet posted on CNN:
Police have deployed less lethal munitions such as OC spray and vapor
(pepper spray), rubber ball distraction devices, rubber baton rounds.
Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016
 http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/us/oregon-protest-riot/index.html

Meanwhile, the Bureau released its Q1 2017 Traffic and Pedestrian stop data.
They re-instituted their practice of including "specialty units" such as the
Gang Enforcement Team, showing that 33% of people stopped by all such units
combined are African American in a city that is 6% black.
 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/639945
However, by combining all the units in one they likely watered down the GET's
previously reported rate of 38% in 2011.
 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/481668

More disturbingly, the new report shows that the Traffic Division made only 15
stops of pedestrians, and that none of them were of African Americans. The
report says only 43 pedestrians were stopped from January to March 2017 and of
those, 7 (16%) were black. Portland Copwatch suspects that these numbers are
seriously under-reported, likely because officers have a different definition
of what is a "stop" than what people in the community perceive. When you are
asked by an officer to identify yourself, say where you are going, show
identification and be subjected to a pat down, most people would consider that
a stop. The Bureau, though, seems to think it is "mere conversation." Dan
Handelman of Portland Copwatch, who conducted a review of both reports, asked
"do they seriously expect us to believe police only stopped 43 pedestrians and
only 7 black people over a 90-day period?"

The Training Advisory Council, which is supposed to keep tabs on the Force
reports, raised some concerns about the seemingly low numbers in the Q4 data,
but did not have the specific information PCW listed above. The Compliance
Officer/Community Liaison, hired to ensure the City complies with the DOJ
Agreement, did not notice this discrepancy when double-checking the Bureau's
reported uses of force for its most recent Compliance and Outcomes reports. The
Human Rights Commission, which used to have a Community/Police Relations
Committee to examine Stop Data, has not held any public meetings around racial
profiling issues in over 15 months.

For more information contact Portland Copwatch at 503-236-3065.

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