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Church questions police tactics

— PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland church group has asked to intervene in the federal Justice Department’s agreement with city police to reform training and use-of-force policies.

The Albina Ministerial Alliance filed its motion Tuesday in federal court.

The Oregonian says the alliance argues that the agreement fails to address concerns about police use of force against people of color. It also takes issue with Taser use regulations and oversight procedures once an agreement is signed.

The agreement still needs the approval of Judge Michael Simon.

The Portland Police Association has also sought to intervene, saying the changes undermine collective bargaining rights.

The Justice Department and the city of Portland have until Jan. 22 to respond to the motions.

Approved by the City Council in November, the settlement calls for widespread changes to Portland police policies on use of force, Tasers, training, supervision and oversight.


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