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New city DOJ oversight panel plans meetings

Portland’s new 20-member Community Oversight Advisory Board, the group that will monitor the implementation of the city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, hosts its first meeting next week.

City officials, local commissions, the Portland Police Bureau and a state representative selected the board. It meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., for a training session. Its first official meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the Midland Library.

The meetings are open to the public.

The board will have 15 voting community members and five advisory members from the police bureau. The city’s compliance officer community liaison, an independent monitor, will lead the group and preside over board meetings.

Under the city’s DOJ settlement agreement, the police bureau must establish new policies and training on interaction with the community and the use of force, particularly related to people who have, or are perceived to have, mental illness.

Members of the board are Kristi Jamison of the Portland Commission on Disability; Emanuel Price of the Human Rights Commission; mental health professionals Myrlaviani Rivier, Catherine Gardner and Bud Feuless; five people appointed by state Rep. Lew Frederick of Portland: Cory L. Murphy, Vanessa Gonzalez, Sharon Maxwell, Ime Kerlee and Roger “Jimi” Johnson;

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D.; Avel Gordley; Rochelle Silver, Ph.D.; Sharon E. Meieran; Rabbi Michael Cahana; and five non-voting members appointed by the police bureau: Capt. Vince Elmore, Lt. Tashia Hager, Sgt. Michelle Hughes, Officer Jakhary Jackson and Officer Paul Meyer.

Alternates include Philip Wolfe, Joshua Robinson, Tom Steenson, Laquida Landford and Mireaya Medina.

“I am thrilled with the expertise and range of experiences represented by the members on this important oversight committee,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who worked with Mayor Charlie Hales on the selection process.

“The advisory board, along with the other steps, will further strengthen the relationship between this police department and the communities it serves,” Hales said.

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