At the beginning June, 2020, it became apparent that the public needed to know more about the history of abuses by Portland Police officers. To that end, I filed a public records request seeking:
"Please provide copies of all disciplinary records for every individual at the Portland Police Bureau who holds a rank of Captain or higher whether or not a given matter resulted in discipline."
— June 9 request to the City of Portland (S136227-060920)
On September 24 (far beyond the 15-day statutory deadline), the City required a 50% deposit on an estimate of $2124.32 in order to proceed with pulling the disciplinary records of the 17 highest-ranking members of staff. Once the deposit was paid, the records were supposed to be available within 15 business days.
With some wonderful help from my friends (thank you!), I quickly paid the ransom to try to get this information out while it would still have an impact on the budget process.
Today, over a month after I made the payment, I received a response from the City of Portland.
They did not give the public a single disciplinary record!
I have filed an appeal with the Multnomah District Attorney. Hopefully, Mike Schmidt will feel a stronger sense of the public's entitlement to this information than the PPB.