Police Chief Rosie Sizer told the mayor's racial profiling committee last week that she hopes to deliver her plan to combat the problem by mid-October.
Last week's meeting, on Thursday, August 21, got way off its scheduled agenda to allow members of the group to hit back at the media for suggesting the group has achieved very little in almost two years ["Whitewashed," News, July 24]. Also, Oregon Action Executive Director Jo Ann Bowman and outgoing police union boss Robert King spent their usual 10 minutes arguing about whether racial profiling even exists.
But at the end of the meeting Sheila Warren, who is running a community campaign to end racial profiling, delivered a passionate plea to Sizer to deliver on a written plan. So far, the chief has only delivered rough "elements of a plan" to the group, in March 2007. In May 2008, Warren led a group of protesters to city hall, to deliver a 600-strong petition to the mayor's office demanding that the police bureau deliver on its public commitment to come up with something more comprehensive.
"We want a work plan," said Warren last week, in tears. "I have to live with the fact that I'm profiled every day. Why can't we come up with a written work plan so that we can check off each of the things on the list?"
Bowman, and fellow committee member Carl Goodman, assistant director of the county's Department of Community Justice, told Wesson that the African American community is having a hard time overcoming years of mistrust with the police.
Sizer told Warren that the bureau has hired a technical writer, and that she expected him to have completed the written plan by "mid-October."
"I hear from different individuals about what you're doing in the community," Warren said. "But I haven't heard it, I haven't seen it, and it feels like we're not going anywhere."