Portland NLG Members Secure a Place for AMA Coalition at the Bargaining Table in the Portland Police Reform Case

On February 19, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled that the AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform can participate in mediation with the City of Portland, the Department of Justice and the Portland Police Union to address a settlement agreement on police reforms. The settlement agreement arises out of a suit by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that Portland Police use excessive force in interactions with people who are mentally ill, or who are perceived to be mentally ill. The AMA Coalition sought to participate in the suit on the ground that the settlement agreement reached by the City of Portland and the Department of Justice was not strong enough to effectively address problems with Portland Police use of force. In response to the AMA’s motion to intervene, Judge Simon granted the AMA coalition a seat at the negotiating table, recognizing that the AMA Coalition has done extensive community outreach and has an important perspective that should be heard. For more information, see the coverage in the Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Portland Mercury, and The Skanner.

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