PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The group that produced an independent audit of Portland police shootings is a group of attorneys from Los Angeles, and not investigators per se.
The Office of Independent Review describes itself as “a civilian oversight group that was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors…staffed by six lawyers and led by Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco.” The audit cost $150,000.
The 132-page report on the Portland Police Bureau shows several instances when the bureau has failed to learn from lessons from the past and ended up reliving situations over and over.
That being said, a police bureau spokesperson told KOIN 6 News Wednesday the bureau agrees with and or has implemented 29 of 31 OIR recommendations for changes.
In a phone interview, OIR’s Gennaco said they have done reviews for about 18 major city, county and state agencies — including the largest sheriff’s office in the country — over the past 12 years.
Constantin Severe, the director of the Portland Police Review, said the OIR is equipped to do this type of review.
“They’re national leaders in the field of oversight of police departments,” he said.
The OIR will make a report about their review to Portland City Council next week.
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