"Tased and Confused: Civilian Oversight in Portland 2017"
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Tased and Confused: Civilian Oversight in Portland 2017

On February 22, 2017, Portland City Council held a hearing to determine if a police officer was in policy for using a Taser as many as six times on a man with mental health issues. Excerpts from the Council hearing feature the Complainant/ Appellant (Matt Klug), Chief Michael Marshman, and Kristin Malone, Chair of the Citizen Review Committee (CRC), which forwarded the case to Council. Klug had appeared before CRC five times to argue his case. The show features video of Klug being subjected to a violent take-down by Portland Police in 2014, and clips from each of the five hearings (2015-2016).

Issues include whether Klug was engaged in "active aggression" or merely reacting to three large police officers taking him to the ground, whether it was justifiable for the officer to use the 50,000 volt electroshock weapon each time, and whether it was reasonable for the Bureau to find the officer acted within policy. Additionally, there is some back and forth between the Chief and others at the hearing whether being hit with a Taser is a "big deal" or not. The CRC system has been in place since 2001, but this was only the second case ever to make it all the way to City Council.

Trying to explain the convoluted complaint system and the Council's deliberations, FFVC producer and Portland Copwatch member Dan Handelman narrates the two-part show.

Streaming made possible by Portland Copwatch.

Part 1 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:13: Intro- Dan Handelman, Portland Copwatch/FFVC and video of September 2014 incident
  3. 2:36: Summary of complaint-Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Chair
  4. 10:19: Council hearing case history- Mayor Wheeler, Independent Police Review (IPR) and CRC
  5. 14:50: Matt Klug, the complainant/appellant speaks
  6. 17:09: Chief Marshman-The Bureau's response
  7. 22:45: Options and history-Council and CRC
  8. 24:32: Council questions to the Chief / End Credits and Dan outtro
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Dan-welcome back / more Council questions to the Chief: "I've been tased"
  3. 9:05: Council questions to CRC
  4. 14:05: Council deliberations and first vote
  5. 20:54: Council second and third votes and Dan summary
  6. 25:50: Dan intros "extras": CRC left out of loop and Chief protects officer / End Credits

The whole show (VB #103.03&-04) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel. .

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