Working with police to rebuild community trust
The Portland Police Bureau and its members are under fire once again. This time for a lieutenant’s questionable text messaging and the appearance of favoritism towards white supremacy groups. A recent survey reported that many Portlanders, specifically those of color, don’t trust the police.
Each of these issues deserves to be addressed through a process that is open and transparent for the community and the police.
Some Portlanders feel leaders have made little progress changing the bureau’s culture to be more inclusive and sensitive to our diverse community or encouraging officers to act as ambassadors and public servants, rather than lead with the badge and authority.
I want to offer a different perspective.