. Some victims say the courts need to intervene to stop the cycle of crime.It’s not clear how much it will cost or if Wheeler and other city leaders have the support they say they need from the county board and local prosecutors.

The Live Digest will be back Monday.Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a new gun violence initiative last week that is big on ambition but short on specifics. Shareef Khatib, who spent 13 years working in various roles at two of the top USAID contract recipients on overseas development projects overseeing U.S. foreign aid, will take the helm of Portland’s latest gun violence reduction initiative, a yet to be defined $2.4 million program.Homelessness advocates say the policy prioritizes businesses, housed residents. Portland leaders approved a controversial plan Thursday to ban unsanctioned camping in the city as constituents seethe over the region’s unabated homeless crisis.

Officers’ testimony indicates Portland police still have an aggressive understanding of use-of-force law

Portland police officer testimony in a civil trial last week suggests the city’s police have an understanding of civil rights and use-of-force laws different from that of the federal courts and of lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice. In one instance, an officer appeared to not fully understand the bureau’s own use-of-force directives.Portland’s federally-mandated police oversight group will not be forced into a hiatus due to city staffing issues, according to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The Portland Commission on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) is a volunteer group tasked with overseeing Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) adherence to a settlement agreement made with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2014 after the feds found PPB officers had a “pattern and practice” of using disproportionate force against people with a mental illness. This November, Portland voters will choose between two candidates as far removed from each other as one could find in a Democrat-dominated city: incumbent Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime advocate for greater police accountability vying for a second term, and Gonzalez, a self-described centrist promising a crackdown on homelessness and crime.

Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Portland were back in federal court Friday hoping to convince a federal judge to accept an amendment to the 2014 settlement agreement governing the police bureau’s use of force. .