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Portland Candidate Police Issues Questionnaire
May 2022 primary

 (this page created by and hosted by Portland Copwatch)

In March, 2020, Portland Copwatch, Portland's Resistance, Portland United Against Hate, Jewish Voice for Peace- Portland, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Black & Beyond the Binary Collective, Some Members of the Jewish Community of Portland, Oregon and Mental Health Association of Portland* sent a questionnaire with seven police accountability related questions to the 20 candidates for two City Council seats which are in the running for the May 17 primary.

Portland Copwatch, Portland's Resistance, Jewish Voice for Peace- Portland and Mental Health Association of Portland * also sent a separate four-question survey to the three candidates for Multnomah County Sheriff.

Five of nine candidates for Council Position 2 responded, and three of eleven candidates for Position 3 responded.

One of three Sheriff's candidates responded.

Our parent group Peace and Justice Works also surveyed the 36 candidates running for Governor on peace issues, including a question about the State Police participating in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

PJW survey

On April 25, PJW/PCW posted a version of all three surveys' answers to questions about the JTTF, all the more important after an audit found Portland Police had improperly spied on Black Lives Matter protests.

JTTF questionnaire

Below are links to the results of the police-related surveys.


--Responses were limited to 150 words.

--Candidates are listed in the order they were approved by the City's
election team, except for layout purposes.

--Answers were not edited for typographical errors, grammar or accuracy.


Portland City Council (positions 2 & 3)

laid out on 8.5 x 11 sheets; total of 12 pages printed

> Council questionnaire

Questions about Deadly force, Force at protests, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Policing of people experiencing houselessness, Oversight, Accountabliity & the Police Contract, and Body Cameras.

Multnomah County Sheriff

laid out on 8.5 x 11 sheets; total of 2 pages printed

> Sheriff questionnaire

Questions about Deadly force, Force at protests, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Oversight & Accountability, and Policing of people experiencing houselessness.

Please share widely!

Thank you.

-- Portland Copwatch has been promoting a Police Bureau free from corruption, brutality and racism since 1992.

-- Portland's Resistance formed in late 2016 to be a beacon of light in the face of rising white nationalism, hate crimes, and social inequality.

-- Portland United Against Hate is here to track, respond to, prevent and heal from acts of hate while providing the support that our communities need.

-- Jewish Voice for Peace provides a voice for Jews and allies who believe that and work for peace in the Middle East that will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis.

-- Ainsworth United Church of Christ is a multicultural, multiracial, open and affirming, immigrant justice, and racial justice congregation.

-- Black & Beyond the Binary Collective builds the leadership, healing, and safety of Black-African transgender, queer, nonbinary, and intersex (TQNI+) Oregonians.

-- Some Members of the Jewish Community of Portland, Oregon advocates and organizes for justice, dignity and equality in Israel/Palestine.

--The Mental Health Association of Portland is Oregon's impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction.

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JTTF questions: Council/Sheriff/Governor

Council questionnaire

Sheriff questionnaire


Portland Copwatch
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065/ Incident Report Line (503) 321-5120
e-mail: copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

Portland Copwatch is a grassroots, volunteer organization promoting police accountability through citizen action.

Page posted April 8, 2022, updated April 25, 2022

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