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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (7/30/20)


NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a measure referred by the Portland City Council to qualified voters at the November 3, 2020 General Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on July 30, 2020.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M., August 10, 2020.

The ballot title is as follows: 

BALLOT TITLE

Caption: 

Amends Charter: Authorizes new, independent community police oversight board.

Question: 

Shall Charter be amended to authorize new, independent community policy oversight board to investigate complaints against Portland Police, impose discipline? 

Summary: 

The measure adds a new Charter section authorizing an independent body to: investigate complaints against police employees; investigate all deaths in custody, uses of deadly force, complaints of force that result in injury, discrimination against protected classes, violations of constitutional rights; impose discipline deemed appropriate by the Board; recommend policy focused on community concerns to the Police Bureau and City Council. Board members appointed by approval of City Council. Board membership shall include representation from diverse communities, including those who have experienced systemic racism and historic overpolicing. Current, former employees of law enforcement agencies and their immediate family members may not serve on the Board. The Board’s funding shall be no less than 5% of the Police Bureau’s annual operational budget. The Board shall appoint a Director who serves at the pleasure of the Board and who will, in turn, appoint staff and investigators.

Board powers include:

  • Investigate complaints
  • Subpoena documents
  • Access police records
  • Compel witness statements, including from police officers
  • Impose discipline, including termination

Other provisions to be established by City Code.