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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Wildfire near Maupin more than doubles in size

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning brush and grass near Maupin in north-central Oregon has more than doubled in size to 36 square miles (93 square kilometers).Fire officials say Saturday's efforts will include the use of helicopters to protect Maupin.The wind-driven wildfire is mostly...

Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on...

The Latest: Alaska city unveils memorial to fallen Guardsmen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska city honoring Guardsmen killed in crash after 1964 earthquake (all times local):1:40 p.m.Four men who died on a humanitarian mission to help rebuild an Alaska town following the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded have been honored...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.Criticism was swift on...

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Give up after scandals? Television history shows otherwise

NEW YORK (AP) — Say this about TV creators in 2018 — they don't give up easily.Three current shows — "Roseanne," ''Transparent" and "House of Cards" — have been crippled by scandal, but each plans to continue without their disgraced stars."The bottom line is...

Ornate NYC theater, used for years as a gym, to be restored

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Long Island University's basketball team played in a French Baroque movie palace in downtown Brooklyn.The gilded wall fountains, plastered statuettes and towering, one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ pipes of the historic Paramount Theater were preserved by the...

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.His real name...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

AP PHOTOS: Germany salvages campaign on Day 10 of World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat...

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia's new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant...

Stars flock to the Dior debut of Kim Jones at Paris menswear

PARIS (AP) — In a week marked by big debuts, it was designer Kim Jones' turn at Dior Men on Saturday.The...

US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to...

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia's new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime...

Body Worn Cameras
By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

Portland Police held its final forum this year to discuss the possibility of using body cameras.

The 200-seat event hall at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus was left mostly empty as a crowd far below capacity joined the officers for the discussion. Lt. Eric Schober said low turnout has been the norm at the bureau’s forums on body cameras.   

Schober, who co-hosted the event with Capt. John Scruggs, said the forums have been in an effort to get community input into how the bureau may use cameras. House Bill 2571 which passed the Oregon Legislature in May, requires police departments that adopt body cameras to follow certain standards. 

At the center of the discussion was privacy. Participants discussed when it is and isn’t appropriate for officers to tape as well as the subsequent rules of access to the film.

 “When we talk about body-worn cameras, a lot of people think -- and I did too -- that it’s a simple device. It should be obvious you turn it on and you start recording,” Schoder said. “But when we start looking at these separate instances, where you record and all of a sudden it gets really complicated.”

In Portland, adopting cameras is expected to cost around close to a million dollars, and around $5,000 to maintain annually, police say. Mayor Charlie Hales, who serves as police commissioner, has earmarked money for in the city’s budget Scruggs said.

In cases where no crime has been committed, footage will be deleted within 30 days, according to police. However, if the video is considered evidence, police can store it up for two years. In instances where a death is involved, videos will be stored forever. 

While going through a list of agencies that will likely have access to body cameras video, factions mentioned included, patrol officers, transit, gang enforcement, special emergency reaction team, and others.

One agency not mentioned was the recently reinstated Joint Terrorism Task Force, which has two Portland Police officers assigned to work directly with the FBI full time to combat terrorism both locally and nationally.

When asked by The Skanner about the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s access to body cam videos, Schober said, “Just like everything else we do over the years, we share information and evidence with each other.”

A joint poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News this year found the majority of Americans favor police use of body cameras.

It’s been a growing conversation in the past year, one that’s gained significant steam since the events surrounding 18-year-old Mike Brown’s death at the hands of a since-retired Ferguson, Mo. police officer last year created a surge in the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the months following the non-indictment of Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson, the Obama administration announced a project that would fund 50,000 body cameras to be distributed to police bureaus throughout the U.S. in an effort to curb what the president had previously called “a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.

In a talk posted online by the Ford Foundation in December, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, offered opposition to body cameras, calling them “another form of surveillance for poor people and communities of color.”

“I can’t believe honestly, that law enforcement hadn’t come up with this on their own a long time ago,” Alexander said. “I remember back when I was at the ACLU, we were working hard against a [police database] where they were fanning out in neighborhoods taking down the names, and addresses of basically every young man of color in California.”

Data released by the Portland Police Bureau in 2012 showed that despite making up only a fraction of the city’s population, African Americans are more likely to be stopped by officers than Whites, yet less likely to have committed a crime.

This year all four shootings involving Portland Police have involved White males. However, records maintained by the  watchdog group, Portland Copwatch, that date back to the late 1980s, show disproportionate use of deadly force against African Americans.

Nationally there have been more than 1,000 fatal officer-involved shootings. Many have been ruled  justified. 

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