PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A rally to demand “real transparency and accountability for the Portland Police” began late Thursday afternoon in downtown Portland.
Portland’s Resistance held the rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza as their kickoff event to “pave the way for some long overdue repair between the police and some of its citizens.”
The police contract doesn’t expire until 2020.
Portland’s Resistance, the activist group formed in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 election, said they tried to take part in the police contract process that same year and were “forcibly thrown out of City Hall.”
In their announcement on their Facebook page, the group states:
“After years of being told that real accountability for violent and racist police officers is not possible because the city’s “hands are tied by the contract,” now is the time for our community to come together and demand that the city create a fair contract that works for all Portlanders.”
Portland’s Resistance said it’s getting an early start in the contract process to try and get more accountability from the PPB following several fatal shootings.
“Everyone knows there is issues with police in the city,” said Portland Resistance member Emory Mort. “The police union contract is a great place to set a baseline to help us move forward.”
James Ofsink of Portland’s Resistance said they want”true independent civilian oversight. Right now it’s a toothless organization that oversees the police contract, bars them from cases of deadly force. They need to have a say.”
The group said it’s hopeful Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Jo Ann Hardesty have started looking into opening up the contract process more.