Make Police Disciplinary Records Public in Oregon
Oregon is one of nine states where police officers’ disciplinary history is mostly unavailable through public records requests. This means that policymakers, journalists, and people in Oregon have no way to know which officers are engaging in ongoing misconduct or if any disciplinary actions have been enforced.
Police misconduct can lead to wrongful convictions, and secrecy laws that protect those officers leave the public in the dark about information that could prevent future miscarriages of justice. Secrecy allows officers who commit misconduct to get away with repeated offenses and leaves the door open for bad actors to keep sending innocent people to prison with impunity.
After millions took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, it is urgent that Oregon legislators take action — House Bill 2929 will repeal the personnel file exemption in the state’s open records law.
Use the form above to call your state senators and urge them to support HB 2929, to bring transparency to law enforcement.