Portland Police will no longer withhold names of officers after shootings
After scrutiny over a perceived lack of transparency, the Portland Police Bureau announced it will release names of officers involved in deadly uses of force or jail deaths within 15 days, moving forward.
The bureau announced in July that it would withhold names of officers involved in shootings, after consulting with the FBI over security threats and doxing of police employees. According to PPB, the FBI asked local police to hold off on releasing officer names after they've been shot or shot someone, citing security concerns.
The announcement came with pushback from some in the community who criticized the move as unnecessarily withholding public information.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said the new procedure will help the bureau be more forthcoming with details involving use of force, as long as there is no "credible security threat" to prevent the release of information in the specified timeframe.
"This new procedure strikes the right balance between transparency and the security concerns of our PPB members, and I am grateful for the patience of our community as we carefully considered this policy change," Lovell said in a news release. "No matter the circumstances, a police use of deadly force incident has wide-reaching impact on the community member involved, that person's family and friends, the wider community, and of course the PPB membership. We owe it to everyone to enact a fair policy that considers them all. I believe this policy change is reasonable and responsible."
With the policy change, PPB released the names of nine officers involved in five shootings since July. They include:
July: PPB Officer Joshua Dyk, who fired at someone on July 27 in the 100 block of Southeast 126th Avenue. Dyk, a PPB employee for four years, remains on administrative leave.
August: Sgt. Charles Elam, who's been with PPB for 13 years; Officer Amy Li, who has five years with the bureau and Officer Christopher Baten, who had two years with PPB before resigning in September. Each was involved in a shooting on Aug. 16 at Southeast 80th Avenue and Lambert Street. Elam and Li have returned to duty.
October: Officer Jonah Gellman, a PPB officer for three years, fired at a suspect Oct. 14 at Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street, after a report of someone chasing people in downtown Portland with a knife. Gellman has since returned to duty. Officer Jonah Gellman, a three-year veteran of PPB, was involved.
November: Officer Erik Daniels, a 23-year veteran of PPB; Officer Joshua Howery, a 21-year veteran of PPB, and Officer Mark Piombo, a 16-year veteran of PPB, were involved in a shooting in Harrison Park at Southeast 84th Avenue and Harrison Street. Each of the officers is still on leave while the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reviews the incident.
November: Officer Christopher Sathoff, who has four years with PPB, remains on administrative leave after firing at someone Nov. 19 in the 2900 block of Southeast Steele Street while investigating an armed robbery. The case has yet to be reviewed by the D.A.'s Office.
Each case is also under internal review by PPB.
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