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Federal judge wants to maintain oversight on Portland police reforms


PORTLAND, Oregon — A judge says he won't approve the city of Portland's agreement with the federal Justice Department to reform police training and use-of-force policies unless he can hold at least annual hearings on the progress of police compliance.

The Oregonian newspaper ( ) reports that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon told attorneys Monday he does not think it would be right for 3 ½ years to go by without the court learning how substantial compliance is progressing.

The settlement stems from a Justice Department investigation that found Portland police engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness.

The investigation also listed several examples in which officers used stun guns without justification against people in a mental health crisis.

Information from: The Oregonian,

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