The Oregonian is reporting Portland Police Chief Mike Reese knew long before the federal investigation that his policy was too permissive and was a tragedy (or several) waiting to happen, but that he failed to act. Now, the Department of Justice is forcing his hand to rewrite policy and tighten the reins on Taser use that far outpaces use in similar cities.
A Portland man was walking home from dinner with friends one night when he saw a flashlight shined in his direction and the words, “Get Him!” shouted. Blinded by the light and unsure of who was behind it, he ran. As the footsteps caught up to him, he was tased, forced into the ground and restrained. [Read more…]
Portland City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade ordered a review of the city police’s taser use and the finding suggest officers should practice more restraint. According to OregonLive.com, policy should be changed to reflect such restraint and the necessity of officers to use a minimum number of cycles when the tasers are employed. [Read more…]