The Settlement Agreement with the United States Department of Justice requires investigations into police misconduct be completed in 180 days. IPR has smaller goals within the 180 days for each stage of an investigation. The City fell out of compliance with this section of the Settlement Agreement in 2020. IPR’s quarterly reports will include an update on timeliness as we work to come back into compliance with this section of the Agreement.
IPR retained one case for investigation in Q3 which remains open and under 180 days. It will be added to the chart when it closes in future quarters. No cases reported in the final quarter of 2021 have been opened for IPR investigation.
Case from Q3 remains open
Each stage of an investigation has its own timeliness goal. IPR is responsible for the intake investigation (14 day goal) and retains some cases for full investigation (70 day goal). The median days taken to complete a full investigation has declined since its peak in mid-2020 and has remained at 70 for the last two quarters.
The investigation stage of the case that remains open from Q3 was completed in 70 days and is included on the stage chart.
New Officer-Involved Shootings and In-Custody Deaths
There were two officer-involved shootings during the fourth quarter of 2021. One was fatal.
Brandon L. Keck was shot and killed on December 6th, 2021 after reports of an armed suspect committing carjackings on I-5.
Joshua W. Degerness was shot on December 11th, 2021 after an attempted traffic stop resulted in a crash from a pursuit intervention technique. Degerness was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Attempt to Elude (vehicle).
Updates and Publications
- IPR updated online dashboards about complaints (https://www.portland.gov/ipr/charts/police-misconduct-complaints-0) and allegations (https://www.portland.gov/ipr/charts/police-misconduct-allegations-3).