PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A new independent audit of Portland police shootings shows issues with the bureau's use of deadly force.
The audit also found officers violated policy when chasing armed suspects and that investigators held witnesses to shootings for an unreasonable amount of time. And it determined that internal findings by police commanders had inaccurate accounts of what happened.
The outside review also showed officers failed to preserve crime scenes by moving evidence.
In all, the audit found about 80 things that have to change going forward.
"It is scathing," said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales of the newest report. "I won't rest until I know the Portland Police Bureau is working as a partner with the community to make Portland safer."
Hales, as mayor, also serves as the city's police commissioner.
"We're taking this seriously," Hales said. "We're not defensive about it we're taking it to heart and we're making changes."
Hales said the bureau already is making changes to how it handles certain situations, such as the questioning of shooting witnesses. It's reportedly also shoring up its disciplinary policy.
"We've created a new discipline matrix," he said. The matrix "says if you've made this mistake you can expect to be disciplined this way -- giving our officers the certainty there will be consequences and also the community the confidence we won't just sweep things under the rug."
The review suggests the Portland Police Bureau also tighten its recently revised stun-gun policy.
"We're training our officers to those rules right now," Hales said.
The group that performed the audit will present its full findings to Portland City Council next week.
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