PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than a dozen activist groups are speaking out for a community-focused police contract in the upcoming Portland Police Association negotiations.
The activists plan to present demands to the city council to make these changes with the PPA. They want to improve civilian oversight and improve how officers are held accountable when they use deadly force.
“Accountability is something we still grapple with in Portland,” said Rev Dr. Leroy Haynes Jr.
They also demand mandatory drug testing after an officer uses force. They want to change the public complaint process so offending officers don’t have access to the complainant’s name.
“We’re here because there is an undeniable cry for change for how police related to Portlanders,” said Portland Jobs with JusticeExecutive Director Will Layng.
During collective bargaining negotiations, Mayor Ted Wheeler said they’re looking for a contract that serves the interest and welfare of the public while supporting police officers.
Mayor Wheeler released a statement that said “We’ll continue drawing on national best practices as a guideline for realizing the Chief’s vision. We look forward to receiving input from the community and PPA members.”
The groups said they’ll continue fighting for contract changes.
“Together we call for a community-centered contract that holds police accountable,” said Executive Director of Nehirim, Rabbi Debra Kolodny.
They believe it won’t only be better for the people — but for the police, as well.
The list of demands is signed by:
League of Women Voters
Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
Portland Jobs with Justice
Portland Metro People’s Coalition
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
People’s Law Project
As the Spirit Moves Us
First Unitarian Portland
Oregon Board of Rabbis
Interfaith Clergy Resistance