Next week, City Council will consider amendments to the settlement agreement between the City and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to approve an independent monitor. If, after a fairness hearing, the changes to amend the settlement agreement are approved by the Court, then going forward, an independent monitor would be solely responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Court and the community on the City’s compliance with the Settlement Agreement between the United States and the City.
The changes also acknowledge the City’s hard work and consistent compliance with a number of terms in the Settlement Agreement and allows focused monitoring in the areas requiring the greatest attention. The changes contemplated under this amendment by the City and DOJ can be found here: link.
This proposal is the result of months of engagement among the parties to the Settlement Agreement and input from the many community stakeholders involved, including the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, the Mental Health Alliance, and the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing, along with input from the Portland Police Association. City Council greatly appreciates all who have shared their feedback, perspective, and recommendations.
On November 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM, Council will hear public testimony and then vote on the change to an independent monitor. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and can register ahead of time or sign up on Wednesday before the item is called to testify. Instructions can be found here: link.
Council looks forward to advancing our shared goals of full compliance with the Settlement Agreement and strengthening the relationship between the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland community.