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City Council Hears Recommendations For Changing Eugene Police Methods, Training

Brian Bull

A report with 50 recommendations on changing how Eugene Police operate was reviewed by city councilors tonight.  It follows calls for reform during last year’s social justice protests.

High profile deaths of BIPOC members including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police inspired an ad hoc committee last July.  Among the recommendations are barring current or former EPD personnel from the Civilian Review Board, restricting officer testimony if body cam footage is lost or destroyed, and ending “no knock” warrants.

A screen capture shows members of Eugene's City Council and other officials discussing the ad hoc committee's report and recommendations.

The City of Eugene’s Multicultural Liaison, Kazim Zaidi summarized the report.  

“And members of the committee repeatedly felt that what was considered to be reasonable on the point of a police officer using force or engaging in another action was different than what a person on the street might consider to be reasonable.” 

Councilors approved a resolution to have the city manager, interim police auditor, and municipal judge review the recommendations for possible implementation; and a second one to create a community forum on the committee’s recommendations.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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