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Portland enters agreement with DOJ over police use of force

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The city of Portland has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice for training, monitoring and policies surrounding the use of force.

The City Council unanimously approved the agreement Wednesday.

A Department of Justice report released in September found that Portland police use excessive force in dealing with people who have mental illnesses.

The DOJ report illustrated a pattern of force used against mentally ill suspects from May 2010 and July 2011.

The 83-page agreement outlines a series of objectives. It includes prohibiting the use of electronic control weapons like stun guns against people suffering from mental illness or emotional crisis except in severe circumstances and then only to avoid a higher use of force.

Detailed reports must also be filed when such force is used, including a decision-point description of why it was used at that moment.

The Portland Police Bureau's training plan will be reviewed annually and a community oversight advisory board will be established. That board will make recommendations to the bureau and advise the chief and police commissioner on strategies to improve community relations.

Police Chief Mike Reese announced steps to make changes in October, including the formation of the Crisis Intervention Team, which will be comprised of officers who receive enhanced training related to mental health resources and addictions systems issues.

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