Don’t Shoot PDX: Delay police union bargaining deal

The group's leader says the protest was only the beginning

Members of Don't Shoot PDX display signs at a Multnomah County Commission meeting, September 29, 2016 (KOIN)
Members of Don't Shoot PDX display signs at a Multnomah County Commission meeting, September 29, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — They marched their way inside Portland City Hall demanding to speak with the mayor, and now the activist group Don’t Shoot PDX is urging Mayor Hales to delay signing a crucial agreement with the police union.

The group’s leader says their protest was only the beginning.

That agreement could be signed Wednesday, and Don’t Shoot PDX said they, and the community, were never part of the process.

It has been nearly two weeks since the group stormed city hall demanding better police/community relations

“I feel like the mayor is definitely trying to work with us on some part,” said Micah Rhodes with Don’t Shoot PDX.

Rhodes met with Hales on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s city council meeting where the city is expected to sign a new collective bargaining agreement with the Portland Police Association.

A recent audit points to major concerns over the agreement, including a lack of community stakeholders when the agreement was drawn up.

“This agreement was written behind closed doors and wasn’t released to the public until a couple of days before it was supposed to be signed,” Rhodes said.

On Wednesday, Don’t Shoot PDX will plead with city council to delay signing the agreement, at least until Mayor-Elect Ted Wheeler is officially in office.