In June, 2019 Mayor and Portland Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler simultaneously announced the departure of Danielle Outlaw and the promotion of Jami Resch. For this quick move, he was criticized for the lack of public process.
Wheeler got his own chance to feel out of the loop when, about six months later, Jami Resch unexpetedly demoted herself in favor of Charles "Chuck" Lovell.
Each of these hirings failed to meet the minimal process Ted promised in 2017, which would have seen the public weighing in on the final candidates. We now appear to have abdicated any citizen review of the people leading our police bureau.
“When we get down to the top few of finalists, let’s say three today as a marker, I’d like to have an opportunity for the public to be able to vet the finalists" – Ted Wheeler (1/6/2017)
It's fine though, right? We have an "Independent" Police Review and an Internal Affairs department. They should have a good understanding of which officers are dangerous and which we can trust to be loyal public servants. 🙄
I checked in.
Turns out, not so much.
Although it's well-known that Chief Chuck Lovell choked a child in 2006, somehow the police investagatory apparatus has no record of such events. If they couldn't get this one, which actually prompted federal litgation, what else is missing?
More details on Ilias v. Johnson (3:07-cv-00513) (2007) are availalble on CourtListener.