Portland's new community panel to oversee police reforms meets Monday night – OregonLive.com
Portland’s new community panel created to oversee federally mandated police reforms will hold its first meeting Monday night.
The meeting is open to the public and will start at 6 p.m. at the Midland Library, at 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.
Mayor Charlie Hales, who serves as police commissioner, will address the new Community Oversight Advisory Board. Background will be provided on the city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, and the new board will adopt bylaws, according to its agenda.
The creation of a community board is required as part of the city settlement that stemmed from a 2012 U.S. Justice Department investigation of Portland police use of force. The inquiry found Portland police engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness or perceived to have mental illness. The investigation also found that stun gun use by officers was unjustified and excessive at times. The settlement, approved by a federal judge in late August, calls for changes to Portland policies, training and oversight.
The City Council already has approved an annual contract of $315,000 to Rosenbaum & Watson, the Chicago-based team of academics selected to serve as the city’s new compliance officer/community liaison. The academics will be paired with former Oregon Chief Justice Paul J. DeMuniz. DeMuniz will chair the advisory board.
The compliance team is expected to present an overview of its work plan to the board. It is tasked with ensuring Portland police comply with the reforms.
The compliance team has formed four subcommittees that focus on: police mental health crisis response, community outreach, data collection and a community survey.
There are 15 voting community members who’ve been selected to serve on the advisory board, and five non-voting police bureau members.
The 15 voting community members selected to serve on the board are:
Kristi Jamison, a member of the city’s Commission on Disability; Emanuel Price, a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission; Myrlaviani River, a recent graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in peace/conflict studies who struggles with mental illness; Catherine Gardner, an ER tech who previously worked as a mental health therapy technician at the state hospital; Bud Feuless, a blind transgender person currently in transition; Cory Murphy, co-chair of the Alliance for Safer Communities and an LGBT advocate; Vanessa Gonzalez, who has lived with a diagnosed mental illness for 13 years and is active in Don’t Shoot Portland;
Sharon Maxwell, owner of Bratton Construction Co. and founder of Young/Youth Adults Being Connected; Ime Kerlee, a counselor and academic coach who works with trauma survivors; Roger ‘Jimi’ Johnson, who has worked for Multnomah County’s Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Human Services for 20 years; Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, chief medical director for Volunteers of America (Mayor Charlie Hales’ appointment);
Former state Sen. Avel Gordly (Commissioner Nick Fish’s appointment); Rochelle Silver, a clinical psychologist and former member of the city’s Citizen Review Committee (Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s appointment); Sharon E. Meieran, an ER doctor who has been lobbying for the creation of a new psychiatric ER in Portland (Commissioner Steve Novick’s appointment); and Rabbi Michael Cahana, senior rabbi at Portland’s reform synagogue Congregation Beth Israel (Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s appointment).
The five non-voting Police Bureau members include:
Capt. Vince Elmore, a former vice president of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives; Lt. Tashia Hager, of the bureau’s new Behavioral Health Unit; Sgt. Michelle Hughes, a member of the bureau’s crisis negotiation team; and Officers Jakhary Jackson, who works North Precinct patrol; and Paul Meyer, who returned to the bureau’s training division after he was paralyzed from the waist down during an on-duty training accident.