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Voter Forums 2020: 26-217 (City)

26-217 City

City of Portland - Proposed by initiative petition.
  • 26-217 - City of Portland
     - Shall Charter be amended to authorize new, independent community police oversight board to investigate complaints against Portland Police, impose discipline? 

A "yes" vote supports: 

  • amending the city's charter to establish a new police oversight board,
  • giving the board the power to subpoena witnesses and request police documents and evidence to investigate complaints made against the Portland Police Bureau, 
  • allowing the board to impose disciplinary actions up to termination of law enforcement professionals, and 
  • authorizing the board to recommend policing policy to the Portland Police Bureau and Portland City Council.

A "no" vote opposes amending the city charter to establish a new police oversight board, thereby maintaining the existing Independent Police Review that was established by ordinance and operates under the city auditor.

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