TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2014 – U.S. District Judge Michael Simon will hold a fairness hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to receive testimony from the public on whether a settlement agreement on a package ofPortlandpolice reforms is fair, reasonable and adequate to solve problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice.
"The city first invited the DOJ in to examine this matter, and now the judge will get a chance to hear from the various sides. This is a big and important milestone," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "I encourage anyone who wishes to, to participate."
Information on the fairness hearing is available at the Court’s website. The site includes the proposed settlement agreement and a testimony form.
The fairness hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Courtroom 13B of the federal courthouse,1000 S.W. Third Ave. It will be open to the public.
The Justice Department last fall found thatPortlandpolice engaged in a pattern or practice of using excessive force against people with actual or perceived mental illness. The settlement agreement calls for reforms to police policies, training and oversight.
The Court invites members of the public to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:
• Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?
• Is the Agreement reasonable?
• Is the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the complaint?