“We don’t need to just pass [Measure 26-217], but we need to pass it overwhelmingly. We want to send a very strong message to the police union, that their days are numbered. And they will become public servants like the rest of us public servants. They don’t deserve special rights because they carry a weapon. In fact, they need to be held more accountable because they have life and death decision-making.” - Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
Measure 26-217, the Real Police Accountability measure, amends Portland's city charter to establish a new Civilian Police Oversight Board. The board will have the power to review police documents and evidence, and impose disciplinary actions that includes the termination of law enforcement professionals.
KBOO's Nat Moon spoke with Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty about what the measure proposes and her vision for changing policing in Portland.