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AMAC Annual Report to US District Court, on USA v City of Portland

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The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coaltion for Justice and Police Reform was granted ‘friends of the court’ status by US District Judge Michael Simon, in USA v. City of Portland. Above is the group’s 2016 annual report on the compliance status of parties in a Settlement Agreement to remedy unconsitutional use of force by the Portland Police Bureau.

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The Oregonian has HERE posted the 132-page annual report by the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division “The City is considering a new collective bargaining agreement with the PPA that addresses, in part, the 48-hour rule, but does not address all aspects of the pending accountability issues.” On the page following, “We recognize that many portions of the Agreement will not only take time to implement, but may require changes to collective bargaining agreements …” (Pp. 100-101, italics ours.)

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HERE is draft testimony for the Court, prepared by a Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB).

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On 13 October Roger David Hardesty submitted this testimony to COAB, asserting Judge Simon should void a collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Portland Police Association: development of police, body-worn camera policy is to follow community engagement strategies, as per the Settlement Agreement.

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US District Judge James Robart in August rebuked Seattle police union’s refusal to address unconstitutional policing. “The court and the citizens of Seattle will not be held hostage for increased payments and benefits,” said Robart in a hearing. “I’m sure the entire city of Seattle would march behind me.” He closed with a declaration from the bench that “black lives matter.”

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UPDATE: Attorneys for Defendant offer this five-page memo: “COAB has stalled.” The City “interviewed scores of people,” then “drafted an outline for a proposal to move forward, which was shared with the parties …” “The City is currently working to develop a robust proposal with stakeholder input to reformulate the structure and deliverables of a community oversight board …” (Italics ours.)

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