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 but regained substantial compliance in the fourth quarter of 2021. IPR’s quarterly reports will include an update on timeliness as we work to maintain compliance with this section of the Agreement.
One case retained for investigation by IPR in 2022 Q1 exceeded 180 days. IPR opened six cases for investigation in the second quarter and one in the third quarter of 2022 that will be added to the chart as they close or exceed 180 days.
Cases from Q2 and Q3 remain open and under 180 days
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 remained at or under 70 days the last two quarters. These numbers may change as open investigations are completed.
New Officer-Involved Shootings and In-Custody Deaths
There were four officer-involved shootings during the third quarter of 2022.
Johnathan A. Worth was shot and killed on July 24th, 2022 after officers responded to a call about a domestic violence incident. Police indicated the suspect fired at an officer while police attempted to take him into custody.
Officers fired at an unidentified subject on July 26th, 2022 after they responded to call alleging gunfire. Police indicated the suspect used a truck to hit a police vehicle and attempted to hit an officer. One officer fired at the driver and officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit. The suspect was not contacted and has not been identified.
Aaron Stanton was shot and killed on July 27th, 2022 after officers responded to multiple calls alleging shots fired in the front yard of a house.
Officers fired at Robert Connelly on August 16th, 2022, after attempting to arrest him for outstanding warrants. Connelly was not injured and surrendered to police after negotiations.
PPB has not released the names of officers involved in recent uses of deadly force citing safety concerns.
Updates and Publications
- IPR separated from the Auditor’s Office in July. View the approved emergency ordinance that established IPR as its own office: https://www.portland.gov/council/documents/ordinance/passed/190812
- IPR initiated four investigations to fulfil an addendum to the settlement agreement with the United States DOJ. The DOJ found the city out of compliance with sections of the settlement agreement regulating use of force after the protests in 2020. The new requirement tasked IPR with investigating supervisory decisions around training, deployment, and review of uses of force during the protests. View this addendum on page 60 of the settlement agreement, under Paragraph 192: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/506328.
- 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).