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Tased and Confused: Civilian Oversight in Portland 2017

This is an outrageous circus of word games, loopholes and hyperbole
The efforts of justification to treat people like this is very disheartening
The way the police justify their treatment of the Appellant in this manner is disingenuous
The crazy way city council accepts this type of police work for "testing tazers" on a mentally ill man (who was stopped for a minor bike infraction) is unacceptable
On February 22, Portland City Council held a hearing to determine if a police officer was in policy for using a Taser as many as six times on a man with mental health issues. Excerpts from the Council hearing feature the Complainant/ Appellant (Matt Klug), Chief Michael Marshman, and Kristin Malone, Chair of the Citizen Review Committee (CRC), which forwarded the case to Council. Klug had appeared before CRC five times to argue his case. The show features video of Klug being subjected to a violent take-down by Portland Police in 2014, and clips from each of the five hearings (2015-2016).

Issues include whether Klug was engaged in "active aggression" or merely reacting to three large police officers taking him to the ground, whether it was justifiable for the officer to use the 50,000 volt electroshock weapon each time, and whether it was reasonable for the Bureau to find the officer acted within policy. Additionally, there is some back and forth between the Chief and others at the hearing whether being hit with a Taser is a "big deal" or not. The CRC system has been in place since 2001, but this was only the second case ever to make it all the way to City Council.

Trying to explain the convoluted complaint system and the Council's deliberations, FFVC producer and Portland Copwatch member Dan Handelman narrates the two-part show.

Published on Apr 29, 2017


The Youtube video is in two parts
PART 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6tLCl-yqjY
PART 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBxzNdGMBE


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Picture of Appellant Matt Klug 30.Apr.2017 11:32