Transmit report to the City on Portland Police Bureau Officer-Involved Shootings and Critical Incidents by the OIR Group
REPORT TO COUNCIL:
The OIR Group presents their eighth report of closed investigations of Portland Police Bureau officer-involved shootings that occurred between 2018 and 2019.
See report attached as Exhibit A.
Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information
The OIR Group presents their eighth report of closed investigations of Portland Police Bureau officer-involved shootings that occurred between 2018 and 2019. City Code requires that Independent Police Review (IPR) retain the services of an outside expert to review completed investigations of officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths. Since 2010, the OIR Group has served as the City’s outside expert to review these closed cases and provide their insights and recommendations to the City.
Financial and Budgetary Impacts
There are no financial or budgetary impacts directly resulting from the presentation of this report.
Community Impacts and Community Involvement
This report is of significant value to our community, especially given the ongoing conversations about the Police Bureau’s interactions during protests and demonstrations, the Bureau’s approach to behavioral health issues, and the importance of implementing body-worn cameras. It is a thorough review of eight incidents – seven officer-involved shootings and one critical incident categorized as deadly force – and details how the Portland Police Bureau investigated and reviewed each incident. The OIR Group's analysis centers on the quality and thoroughness of the Police Bureau’s criminal and administrative investigations. The report identifies continued improvements in the quality and timeliness of the completed investigations, while noting areas of failure to follow through on some previous recommendations.
In the years since the OIR Group began its work, they have met with community advocacy groups, including mental health advocates and members of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the civilian coordinator of the Police Bureau’s Crisis Intervention Team program, and members of the Citizen Review Committee. The OIR Group also met with Police Bureau command staff, a civilian facilitator of the Police Review Board, and the president of the Portland Police Association. This public involvement informs the OIR Group of the historical context of the cases that it reviews. Stakeholders provided relevant information and community perspective as the project developed.
The OIR Group will also take part in a Citizen Review Committee meeting on May 3, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss this report.
100% Renewable Goal
The City's renewable energy goals are not directly impacted as a result of the presentation of this report.
314 Time Certain in April 19, 2023 Council Agenda
- Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
- Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Absent
- Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
- Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
- Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea