DRO remains active in Department of Justice settlement process

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), alleging that PPB used improper force against people with mental illness or perceived mental illness. The PPB and the City of Portland reached a settlement. The settlement addressed how the police interact with people with mental illness, crisis intervention, training, transparency and oversight.  Federal Court Judge Simon approved the settlement in 2014, with a stipulation that he must receive annual updates about implementation of the agreement.


Throughout the process, DRO has remained involved in advocating for the safety and rights of people with disabilities, including the following activities:


  • Joined the Albina Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of community groups working to ensure implementation and enforcement of equitable police reform through intervention in the suit, events, and community engagement
  • Testified at court hearings and City Council meetings
  • Participated in interview and hiring process for Portland Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL)
  • Member of the Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Committee for the Portland Police Bureau
  • Communicate on ongoing basis with other interested individuals and organizations such as the ACLU, League of Women Voters, CopWatch, and individual plaintiff attorneys


Read more about our involvement here:


Weigh in on the Candidates for Monitoring DOJ settlement with Portland (The Skanner, 9/30/14)


Albina Ministerial Alliance’s coalition files court papers to intervene in city-DOJ negotiated settlement on police reforms (The Oregonian, 1/08/13)


DRO testifies at Fairness Hearing (The Oregonian, 2/19/14)


DRO Law Clerk testifies at Portland City Council meeting (YouTube, 10/22/14)

Related story: Portland City Council takes up mayor’s request to appeal part of federal’s judge’s order on police reform updates (The Oregonian, 10/22/14)


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