City officials said Wednesday that they have agreed on a new version of police reforms mandated by a U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreement, possibly putting an end to three years of controversy on use of force by Portland police.
At a City Hall press conference, Mayor Charlie Hales, city commissioners, Police Chief Mike Reese, Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner and U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall endorsed a negotiated set of reforms that should forestall a federal lawsuit against the city for noncompliance.
Representatives of the Albina Ministerial Alliance also spoke in support of the agreement Wednesday. The Alliance and the police union had objected to proposed reforms. Members of the police union must still ratify Wednesday's agreement.
The DOJ investigation focused on the use of force by Portland police against people with mental illness. The agreement includes new police policies, training and investigations into use of force. Details of the changes to the proposed settlement were not released.
In addition, Hales told reporters that the city and the police union have settled on a new collective bargaining agreement.