Justice Department Expected To Probe Portland Police Use of Force


The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce today that it will launch a broader inquiry into whether Portland police are engaged in a “pattern or practice” of federal civil rights violations relating to use of force, The Oregonian reports. Yesterday, the federal agency said it would not pursue criminal civil rights charges against Portland officers involved in a fatal shooting last year.

Yet, Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, is expected to say his agency will conduct a more comprehensive review of Portland Police Bureau policies and officer actions to determine if police have engaged in a pattern of unnecessary force. The federal agency has opened similar inquiries this year into police departments in Seattle and Newark, and is weighing one in Denver.

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