"Overseeing Justice: US DOJ vs. City of Portland"
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Overseeing Justice: US DOJ vs. City of Portland

On June 16, 2017 the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform conducted a panel as part of the 2017 Mental Health and Law Enforcement Conference in Portland. Attorneys Ashlee Albies and Kristen Chambers joined AMA Coalition co-chair Dr. T Allen Bethel to revisit the Agreement requiring Portland Police to use less force. On this two-part episode they explain history of the Agreement and talk about what it means for people of color, people with mental health issues, all Portlanders and the country.

In part 1, the attorneys summarize the efforts to find justice and civil rights in Portland, OR between 2012 and 2017 including cases of police involved shootings. In part 2, Dr. Bethel describes the Coalition's history and the importance of Community Oversight and the existence of an Advisory Board. The attorneys point to opportunities for engagement.

Overall the conference included twelve interactive sessions featuring legal, clinical and experiential experts. This is the third and final program FFVC created from the conference.

This show was taped by Alva Myers and produced by PC Peri with editing assistance from Dan Handelman.

Streaming made possible by Mental Health Association of Portland.

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: 2012-2013: US DOJ vs. City of Portland and AMA Coalition's seat at the table
  3. 6:34: 2014: Fairness hearing, City appeal, hiring Compliance Officer and establishing Oversight Board
  4. 13:40: 2015: Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) starts meeting
  5. 19:12: 2016: Upheaval at COAB, City appeals again
  6. 26:57: 2017: COAB is dissolved, status as of June / End credits

Part 2 (28:14):

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

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Dr. T. Allen Bethel on the AMA Coalition and its work
  3. 7:23: Why a Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) is needed
  4. 14:25: Ashlee Albies and Kristen Chambers: Opportunities for engagement
  5. 19:36: New COAB and other developments will take time
  6. 25:13: Getting involved with the Coalition
  7. 26:33: End Credits
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

The whole show (VB #105.13/106.01) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel.

Also see:
Police at Mental Health Crises: Help or Hindrance?
and Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness
from the same conference.

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