"Police Oversight 2021: Officer Fails Theft Victim"
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Police Oversight 2021: Officer Fails Theft Victim

On April 8, 2021, history was made when City Council unanimously (in a 4-0 vote) agreed to change a finding on a police misconduct allegation to find the officer violated policy. On this two-part show, Flying Focus member Dan Handelman, also a member of Portland Copwatch, looks at this breakthrough case on police accountability to talk about the current and future oversight systems in Portland. The case in question involves a woman who said that an officer violated policy by failing to take a stolen car report, resulting in her loss of the car. The Police Bureau initially found that the officer was "exonerated," or within policy.

At the first of four hearings on the matter, the current oversight board, the Citizen Review Committee, voted that they thought the officer failed to follow Bureau policy by not accepting a document showing the complainant had applied to transfer the title of the car, and also not calling a supervisor. At the second and third hearings, Chief Chuck Lovell tried to get CRC to agree to a finding of "Not Sustained with a debriefing," meaning there was not enough evidence to prove a violation but the officer would get instructed on how to do better in the future. CRC voted both times to support their original proposal of "Sustained," which led to the fourth hearing: consideration by Portland City Council.

Handelman produced this show and recorded the first hearing in December 2019 on video. Subsequently, he screen captured the CRC meetings in August 2020 and February 2021, and the CityNet webcast of the April 8, 2021 City Council hearing.

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Part 1 (28:30):

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

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Intro with Dan Handelman, Portland Copwatch/Flying Focus
  3. 3:28: Citizen Review Committee Appeal Hearing 12/4/19
  4. 10:25: The cops' point of view
  5. 20:03: First Conference Hearing 8/5/20
  6. 27:09: Outtro / End Credits
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: Welcome back
  3. 2:53: Second conference hearing 2/3/21
  4. 7:22: Discussing discipline
  5. 12:11: City Council hearing 4/8/21
  6. 21:28: Council deliberation and vote
  7. 27:04: Outtro / end credits

The whole show (VB #119.09&10) 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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