SALEM, Ore. --- State lawmakers want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions.
State prosecutors have added their support for a bill that would help ensure disciplinary actions against officers cannot be later reversed by an outside arbitrator.
The Oregon District Attorneys' Association now joins state police chiefs, sheriffs and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in urging Gov. Kate Brown to convene a special session to pass the bill, which has twice failed in regular legislative sessions.
The momentum is growing for lawmakers to pass new police accountability legislation this summer, as widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue.