On this edition of KBOO News in Depth, we listen in to the launch of the Yes for Police Accountability Campaign. The campaign is about 26-217, and if passed, the ballot measure would create a new police oversight body by amending the City Charter.
The new oversight board would have unprecedented power to investigate complaints against the Portland Police Bureau. They would be able to subpoena witnesses and request police documents. They could also impose discipline, including firing officers who break the law.
Currently, the oversight system does not have that much power, which makes change difficult for those who want to see the police held accountable for their actions, especially when it comes to the treatment of BIPOC people and people experiencing mental illness.
Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty kicks it off.