Title

"Cover Story" piece on restoring public trust in the Portland Police Department

Authors

Chris Barry

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

2-14-2002

Pages

10-11, 13, 15, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on restoring public trust in the Portland Police Department following several successful law suits charging police with using excessive force. Michael Chitwood, the chief of police, has finally, if reluctantly, endorsed the idea of a civilian review board to examine his department's internal affairs procedures. But the review board will have neither subpoena power nor the ability to conduct its own investigations. U.S. Justice Department officials are expected to conduct a preliminary assessment of the department this month. But it's possible, following the preliminary review, federal officials will decide against a full investigation. Sam Walker, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska, recommended that Portland abandon its volunteer review board, and pay an auditor, who is usually a lawyer with criminal or prosecutorial experience, to oversee the department. With comments by several of Portland's city councilors.

Subjects

Police -- Portland

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