A look at where we are with police accountability and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
How to make police more accountable to the community remains a hot-button issue in Portland. While the number of fatal police shootings was down in 2011, the ability change the culture of the police bureau through effective citizen oversight remains a bone of contention for the community, elected officials, and the police union. What progress has been made? What are the challenges in the coming months?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Senior Pastor of the Allen Temple Christian Episcopal Church and Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church. Both men are leaders in the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coaltiion for Justice and Police Reform and long-time police accountability advocates. They'll talk about recent gains and targets for the coming year that could create institutional changes in how Portland polices the community.
Also this Thursday, the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (Jan. 19) offers an opportunity for Jo Ann, Dave and their guests to look at what lesson's Dr. King's life and contributions offer to today's civil rights movement.
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
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