Good Morning, News: Portland Fails to Hold Police Accountable, Gov Brown Sued Over Commutation, and the Voting Rights Bill is Officially Dead
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GUESS WHAT, PORTLAND? Sunset is at 5 pm today, which also means that sunsets will continue to be after 5 pm for several months. What a beautiful time to be alive!
In local news:
• Portland police used force (shooting tear gas, baton strikes, shoving, etc) an estimated 6,000 times while responding to the racial justice protests in 2020. Despite the injuries caused by the force and over 100 public complaints, none of those forceful incidents broke city policy according to Portland’s Independent Police Review (IPR). Seems statistically unlikely, right? According to the IPR director, the Portland police’s directives make it impossible for the city to hold individual officers accountable for using riot control weapons against the public.
• The Portland Expo Center COVID-19 testing site is closed until January 24 as the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) passes the reins to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). According to OHA, the trade off of temporarily closing a popular testing site amidst an unprecedented surge in COVID cases is worth being able to reopen the Expo site with higher capacity under OHA’s control. Additionally, OHSU opened a new appointment-only testing site at its Marquam Hill campus Wednesday.
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Change in governor's race: Democrat @CaseyKulla dropped out on Wednesday to run for labor commissioner. “I hope to win outright,” Kulla told @LynnePDX. https://t.co/H2Xpvs6pCb
— Oregon Capital Chronicle (@ORCapChronicle) January 20, 2022